23 missing after boat carrying 40 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh's Godavari river

Officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force to the scene

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram.

At least 17 people have been rescued in the boat tragedy in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh wherein the boat carrying at least 40 people capsized in river Godavari.

Fishermen raced to the scene to help, and officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force.


As many as 23 people are reported to be missing, while the others managed to swim to safety and some were rescued.

"The river is very narrow now and not very deep, so if the boat had a problem the boat driver can reach the river bank within five minutes".

The boat is said to be owned by Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered before the police, according to the report. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to launch rescue operations on war footing. "When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, the boat lost balance and slid one side". The tragedy took place between 4.30 PM to 5 PM near Manturu of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari district. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.

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