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Andhra Pradesh: 16 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna River

12 November 2017, 09:00 | Lucia Cruz

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The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are undertaking search and rescue operations.

At least fourteen tourists, including six women and two children, were killed and nine others missing as a boat capsized in Krishna river near this city in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available. The overloaded boat capsized midway due to the weight of38 passengers, he further added.

The passengers were making a trip from Punnami Ghat in Bhavanipuram to Pavitra Sangamam in Ferry village when the vessel capsized, PTI quoted an official as saying.

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

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river.

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

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

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