Monday, 20 November, 2017

3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway
Frank Williams | 12 November, 2017, 21:03

Disaster at dusk: Rescue operations under progress at the Pavithra Sangamam in Vijayawada on Sunday.

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

The boat that capsized at Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam mandal, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh was reportedly a private boat. Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya said the boat was brought from Kakinada in East Godavari district to conduct trial run in Krishna. According to the earlier reports, five bodies were recovered from the river.

"As the boat took a turn near the Ferry Ghat, the tourists came to one side to witness the evening "aarti" to the "Sangamam", immediately the boat turned turtle".

RSS worker hacked to death by CPI (M) activists
However, we have got strong cues based on which investigation is underway", a senior police officer in Thrissur told NDTV. The gang which came in a vehicle rammed the bike of the victim and hacked him with weapons at about 1.30 pm.

"Rescue operations are on and they will continue until all have been traced", a local police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The deputy chief minister rushed to the accident spot to oversee the rescue operations and has directed police to rush additional force to help locate the missing persons.

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.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.

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