1st LD Writethru: 14 die as boat capsizes in southern India

Vijayawada 16 dead seven missing as boat capsizes

In the mishap, around 9 persons have been confirmed dead while 17 more are still missing.

The Police said 38 people, who were on picnic party on the occasion of Karthika Masam, boarded a boat, being operated by a private company.

At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said.

The incident occurred around 5.45 PM when a private tourism boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village, the official said.

Twelve persons have been rescued so far by the NDRF, fire personnel, police teams and local lifeguards. The incident took place at a spot where Krishna and Godavari river merges.

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The Deputy Chief Minister announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia to the families of each of the deceased. Most of the victims are believed to be from Ongole and Nellore.

Local fishermen at Ferry swung into action immediately and rescued 15 passengers.

The bodies were shifted to the government general hospital for post-mortem. Search and rescue operation is still on.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

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