21 die as boat with 38 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.

The NDRF said three teams of it are now performing operation.

According to the Newspaper, The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and Krishna district authorities have launched a massive search and rescue operation to trace the missing people.

When the incident occurred, there were an estimated 30 tourists on board.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. Efforts were on to find the remaining seven passengers, the police said, adding that none of the passengers was wearing life jacket.

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The survivors alleged that they had asked driver for life jackets for everyone on board, but he had only supplied them with 15 life jackets saying that they would not need them while travelling in a modern boat. They inquired with the APTDC regarding the availability of a boat, but were told that the boat service had been stopped due to poor light in the evening.

Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya ordered an inquiry into the incident and directed her department officials to ascertain whether the boat operator had requisite permissions.

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