Andhra Pradesh: Several feared missing after boat capsizes in Godavari river

Andhra Pradesh Launch capsizes over 10 feared drowned

AP CM directs officials to send rescue teams to accident site

They were headed to the scenic Papikondalu, or "Papi Hills" in the West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. A police official said on Tuesday that 10 persons were on board when it capsized.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district. According to an official from Rajamahendravaram, the boat mishap might have been caused by strong wind in the region.

As the boat got stuck in the sand of the riverbed at least 40 feet below the surface, and with all its doors and windows closed, extricating the bodies trapped inside is proving cumbersome, a senior official involved in the rescue operation said.

Pawan Kalyan responded on this issue and commented that these boats are running with purely profit motto and government needs to take stringent actions to make sure these kind of incidents dont happen in future.

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Speaking to TNM, a local CPI (M) leader, Venkat Rao said, "It is really unfortunate that among the passengers who drowned, there are people who came to meet revenue authorities at Indukurupeta regarding rehabilitation matters". Condolences to the bereaved families.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also took to the micro-blogging site and called the incident "highly painful". Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed party cadre to help in the rescue works.

The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said.

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