16 drowned in Krishna river as boat capsizes

16 drowned in Krishna river as boat capsizes

16 drowned in Krishna river as boat capsizes

Reports say that 14 bodies have been recovered so far.

"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and majority were not provided life jackets".

"The boat carrying 30 passengers capsized in the river late this evening". In a separate incident, at least six people had drowned in river Ganga in Bihar's Maranchi. Several teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were rushed to the spot to rescue people. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town. Search and rescue operation is still on.

According to Vijayawada police, the motor boat with a three-man crew was ferrying 38 passengers from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangamam near Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Vijayawada for a religious ceremony on Karthika Masam.

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The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved.

Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations. Some of the deceased were identified as J Prakash Reddy, P Sitaramaiah, V Koti Reddy, Venkateswarulu, Koteswara Raju, Kusuma and Lalitha, K Rama, P Anamma, and Narayana Raju.

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