40 feared drowned as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh

40 feared drowned as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh

Local authorities said several people have believed to be missing after a boat they were travelling in capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

Of the 40 people who were reportedly onboard, only 17 had been rescued till the latest reports came in.

Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for.

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Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam. The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck. Survivors are saying that the boat got caught in high speed winds and heavy rain and when the driver tried to steer it towards the shore it tilted to one side suddenly and went down.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also took to the micro-blogging site and said the incident is "highly painful" and officials have been asked to take up the rescue operations on a war footing. Condolences to the bereaved families. "I pray for the safety of those missing".

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