Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe

Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe

At least 40 people are feared drowned after a boat capsized in the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh, Tuesday, May 15.

Boat capsizes in Godavari river: Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said.

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

The boat was reportedly blown over by heavy gales at around 5pm local time (12.30pm BST). Additional SP said, "The apparent strong wind is the reason behind the boat toppling". The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck.

Till now, 17 people have been rescued while others are still missing. Special Branch DSP Vijaybhaskar Reddy told ANI, "Driver Khaza Mohiddeen was trying to reach banks at Vadapalli so two passengers could alight".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his anguish over the boat tragedy.

Officials said all the passengers on the boat were tribals from Kondmodalu, Kachluru and Taluru villages in East Godavari district. Condolences to the bereaved families.

Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also took to the micro-blogging site and called the incident "highly painful".

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