While Navy divers were airlifted to the spot, NDRF, SDRF, Fire and other rescue teams reached by rubber boats.
A boat carrying around 40 people was capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. However, at least 23 people continue to be missing even as the rescue and relief operations are underway. The tragedy took place between 4.30 PM to 5 PM near Manturu of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari district.
Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives.
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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. When it was just 10 minutes from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds rocked the boat so much that it lost its balance and capsized.
Misra said survivors told him that when the launch got caught up in the storm, passengers requested the driver and boat owner, Khaja Moinuddin, who was also in the launch, to take it to the shore and anchor it safely.
According to Reddy, the driver of the boat has said there are 25-26 passengers in the boat at the time of the incident. Condolences to the bereaved families. The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release said.