At least 12 people died and 30 are missing after a tourist boat capsized in the swollen Godavari river near Devipatnam in East Godavari district this afternoon. The boat run by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation was reportedly carrying 61 people including 11 crew members.
Sources said, 25 people have been rescued. NDRF and Police Teams have been engaged in search and rescue operations. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the East Godavari district Collector to conduct a probe into the tragedy. The Chief Minister has announced 10 lakh rupees ex-gratia each to the families of the deceased.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the boat capsize. Modi said on Twitter that he was “extremely pained” by the tragedy. “My thoughts are with the bereaved families.” Rescue operations are continuing, reports said.