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Sixteen dead after boat overturns in Krishna river

13 November 2017, 12:48 | Sherry Padilla

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Search and rescue operation is still on. Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya said the boat was brought from Kakinada in East Godavari district to conduct trial run in Krishna.

The incident occurred while the ferry was going from Bhavani Island to the Pavithra Sangamam, on the Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam, Andhra Pradesh. As many as 20 passengers wearing life jackets were brought ashore with the help of trained swimmers and local fishermen.

Two persons, who were rescued from the tragedy, complained of sickness and were shifted to a government general hospital in Vijayawada, the officials said.

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

The incident occurred around 5.20 p.m. when the tourists, majority hailing from Ongole town in Prakasam district, were coming to Pavitra Sangam for religious rituals.


Chinnarajappa said 32 members of the Ongole Walkers' Club were among those on board.

Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.

While six picnickers died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati River when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, the officials had said.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available.



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