Andhra Pradesh: Boat capsizes in Krishna River, 14 dead

13 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Vijayawada 16 dead seven missing as boat capsizes

Police and workers from the National Disaster Relief Force searched for those who were missing.

A total of 15 people were rescued with the help of locals.

"Till the last person is found the operation will go on without any break", Mr. Sawang said.

Thirty-eight people were on board when the ferry capsized while turning toward the river bank, officials said.

District Collector B. Lakshmikantham said strict action would be taken against the persons responsible for the mishap.

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According to Vijayawada police, the motor boat with a three-man crew was ferrying 38 passengers from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangamam near Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Vijayawada for a religious ceremony on Karthika Masam. "For more than an hour, no one tried to pull the people stuck under the tourist boat", an eye-witness said.

The incident comes days after at least 9 people were killed in similar incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar.

The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.

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