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Sixteen killed after boat capsizes in Vijayawada

13 November 2017, 12:53 | Simon Arnold

Search operation under way after a boat capsized in Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday. Image Twitter ANI

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

At least 14 people were killed after a boat capsized in Krishna district's Ibrahimpatnam Mandal, ANI reported.

So far five bodies have been recovered.

National Disaster Response Force personnel were pressed into service to launch rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.


The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

On the other hand, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is closely monitoring the rescue and search operations.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.


This incident comes after 22 people died after a boat capsized on Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were on the boat when it overturned.

Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.




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