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Dozens feared drowned after boat carrying wedding party capsizes in India

16 May 2018, 07:37 | Opal Carroll

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Many feared drowned as boat capsizes in river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh

A National Disaster Response Force team has been deployed to the site, Hindustan Times reported.

Vijayawada: Ten people went missing after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said.

As many as 23 people are reported to be missing, while the others managed to swim to safety and some were rescued. The launch was carrying at least 40 tribals returning from a weekly market and capsized in between Devipatnam and Varapalli areas in East Godavari district. He said officials had been asked to take up the rescue operations on a war footing.

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa on Tuesday spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone and enquired about the incident.

It was learnt that driver of the 53-seater boat Khaja had surrendered himself in the Devipatnam police station immediately after the incident.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely gutted. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.



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