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23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh

16 May 2018

National Disaster Response Force personnel have been pressed into service to trace the missing persons, official sources said.

The search and rescue operations are now underway with two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) with 35 members each deployed at the spot, along with a 90-member team of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).

At least 17 people have been rescued in the boat tragedy in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh wherein the boat carrying at least 40 people capsized in river Godavari.

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Proper record-keeping is rare on the many ferries that work the Godavari, making it hard to know how many people were on the boat. East Godavari district collector Karthikeya Misra has rushed to the spot.

Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram.

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Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa spoke to East Godavari district officials over phone and enquired about the incident. Survivors are saying that the boat got caught in high speed winds and heavy rain and when the driver tried to steer it towards the shore it tilted to one side suddenly and went down.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

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23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh