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Several feared drowned as boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

16 May 2018, 07:40 | Glen Norman

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

According to a report in DNA, 17 people have been rescued while 23 people are still missing.

The rescue operation is being carried out jointly by National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Eastern Naval Command.

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A boat carrying around 40 people capsized today in Godavari river near Devipatnam village in 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. "When the boat is nearly 10 minutes away to the banks, heavy rain and wind occurred, the boat lost balance and slid one side".

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It was learnt that driver of the 53-seater boat Khaja had surrendered himself in the Devipatnam police station immediately after the incident. 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. The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.

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