16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

16 drown, 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

The National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operation, which was hampered due to the darkness after sunset.

The NDRF said 20 people have been rescued alive so far.

At least 16 people were killed while seven others were still missing after a boat carrying 38 people on board capsized at Pavitra Sangamam ghat in river Krishna in Vijayawada on Sunday. "Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them. Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 11 bodies.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.

The incident took place when the boat was about to reach its destination.

The incident comes days after at least 9 people were killed in similar incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar. They all reached Vijayawada in two buses this morning. they enjoyed the day at Bhavani island and were on the way to Pavitra Sangamam to witness the colourful evening Aarti to the river.

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