Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari, 23 Feared Missing

Boat Carrying 40 People Capsizes in Godavari 23 Feared Missing Representational Image
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 07:35

The search and rescue operations are now underway with two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 35 members each deployed at the spot, along with a 90-member team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

Divers from Indian Navy from Visakhapatnam joined efforts by East Godavari district officials on Wednesday morning to trace several people who were missing after a motor launch capsized in river Godavari last evening. Earlier reports had said that at least 10 people swam to safety. Many people are feared drowned in the boat tragedy. "When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, the boat lost balance and slid one side". According to Reddy, the driver of the boat had said there were 25-26 passengers onboard, however, the actual count of the passengers was 40.

Lawmakers Increase 2018 Budget By N508bn
Nigeria's National Assembly has concluded plans to pass the harmonized Appropriation bill of N9.120 trillion for 2018 fiscal year. The MDAs on the other hand accused the federal lawmakers of demanding bribes as conditions for passing the 2018 budget.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter. The boat was carrying them from Kondamodalu in West Godavari district to Polavaram. Condolences to the bereaved families. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the district authorities to take all necessary steps for the safety of the missing people.

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