35 tribals missing as boat capsizes in Godavari

Many feared drowned as boat capsizes in river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh

Many feared drowned as boat capsizes in river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh

And because the area is a tribal region, there are very few lights on the banks to help rescuers locate the missing passengers, Hyderabad-based newspaper The Hans India reported. The state disaster management teams and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were pressed into service.

A Dornier aircraft carrying diving teams have been sent to Rajahmundhry in Andhra Pradesh for rescue operations after a boat capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday.

At least 20 persons swam ashore. Many people are feared drowned in the boat tragedy.

The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. Special Branch DSP Vijaybhaskar Reddy told ANI, "Boat started from Devipatnam to reach Kondamodalu at 3.30 pm". Near Varapalli, the driver tried to turn the boat but tilted to one side due to the high speed winds and capsized immediately, " Misra said. Condolences to the bereaved families. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa has inquired about the incident and instructed the concerned officials for search operations. "I pray for the safety of those missing", the Prime Minister said.

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