Besides the Navy, personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, fire service, revenue and police departments are involved in the search and rescue operations. Even before one come to terms with it, the fresh tragedy of capsizing of a boat carrying wedding troupe come as a huge shocker.
Emergency workers recovered 12 bodies from a river and were searching for another 10 missing people on Wednesday after a ferry capsized in southern India, officials said. The actor turned politician has been touring in Settipally village and he responded on the boat tragedy that took place last evening in East Godavari.
However, there was no clarity on the exact number of people missing with conflicting claims made by government authorities. There were 20 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety. "There was gale yesterday and the boat was also laden with cement bags and two-wheelers".
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.
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Speaking to the press, CBN said, "the Boat (launch) has been thoroughly checked in the morning on the day of the incident". The Government will also provide housing, job opportunities to the families.
According to police, the boat sailed from Devipatnam to reach Kondamodalu at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. "Divers broke open the windows and a door to bring out the bodies".
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu arrived at Polavaram in West Godavari in a copter and he proceeded to Vadapalli by road and inspected the rescue operations. East Godavari district Collector Kartikeya Misra, Superintendent of Police Vishal Gunni and West Godavari SP Ravi Prakash are supervising the rescue operations.