14 drown as boat capsizes in Krishna river

Jerome Frank
November 13, 2017

According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered.

The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

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.

The incident comes days after at least 9 people were killed in similar incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar. As many as 15 people were either rescued by local fishermen or swam to safety.

The NDRF teams anchored inflatable boats close to the capsized boat and lit the premises with portable inflatable emergency lighting system throughout the night.

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National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

The Deputy Chief Minister announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia to the families of each of the deceased.

Thirty-two of the victims belonging to Ongole town were on a picnic tour.

The rescue operations were underway and senior officials rushed to the spot.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the tragedy.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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