22 killed in Andhra launch capsize, 12 bodies fished out

22 killed in Andhra launch capsize, 12 bodies fished out

22 killed in Andhra launch capsize, 12 bodies fished out

Earlier in the day, Naidu personally monitored the operation of pulling out the boat and into rescue operations.

The NDRF and other rescue operation teams were successful in pulling the capsized boat out of the waters.

Apparently due to the heavy wind and storm, they have locked the boat doors, which in turn became a curse for the passengers.

An unidentified official at Devipatnam police station said the bodies of eight women, four children and two men were recovered from the cabin of the boat, which sank between Devipatnam and Varapalli areas in the district.

At least 13 people swam to safety after the boat capsized, PTI quoted the West Godavari Superintendent of Police Ravi Prakash as saying.

At least 40 people, mostly tribals, are feared drowned in Godavari river when a boat capsized during inclement weather in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district. The Government will also provide housing, job opportunities to the families. "There was gale yesterday and the boat was also laden with cement bags and two-wheelers. When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, boat lost balance and slid one side".

Khaja, who operates the boat, surrendered before Devipatnam police.

Mr Reddy alleged: "It is the government's indifference that has led to three mishaps in past six months as the boats are allowed to ferry passengers illegally and everyone from the top leadership to the cadres are involved in taking bribes".

Divers then got into the act to extricate the bodies of the passengers by breaking open the glass windows.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu arrived at Polavaram in West Godavari in a copter and he proceeded to Vadapalli by road and inspected the rescue operations.

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