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Several feared dead as boat carrying 40 people capsizes in Godavari river
16 May 2018, 07:39 | Erica Roy
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.
About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for. Many people are feared drowned in the boat tragedy. When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized.
The boat apparently belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident, ETV reported.
According to Reddy, the driver of the boat has said there are 25-26 passengers in the boat at the time of the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to capsizing of the boat.
Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Home Minister N Chinarajappa directed officials to send NDRF teams to the accident area.
Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam said, "A Dornier aircraft with diving teams sent to Rajahmundry (where boat capsized in East Godavari), additional diving teams are being sent by 2 helicopters early Wednesday morning to join rescue operations". "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.
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