The death toll in Krishna river boat mishap in Andhra Pradesh has reached to 19 on November 13.
State disaster response and fire services department’s director general N Satyanarayana said while two bodies were recovered by teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), another was fished out by personnel of his department.
B Lakshmi Kantam, Krishna District Collector had confirmed the recovery of at least 17 dead bodies. Two more bodies were also recovered by the rescuers today.
Government has appointed a senior committee to inquire, he informed while adding that the police has also registered a case against 4-5 persons out of which one has been arrested.
To take stock of the situation, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today visited the site of Krishna boat mishap.
According to the police, an overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized close to the ‘Pavitra Sangamam’ (confluence point of rivers Krishna and Godavari) near Vijayawada.
While swerving a curve, the boat hit a sand mound inside the river and at the same time, the passengers in it moved to one side to take a closer look at the Pavitra Harati at the Sangamam and that led to the boat capsize, police added.
The incident took place when the boat was about to reach its destination.
“There were no life jackets for passengers either. We have registered a criminal case against the operator and will take stern action,” Vijayawada Police Commissioner Gautam Sawang said while adding that boat operator did not have a valid licence.
The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased.
âCapsizing of a boat in the Krishna River is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Andhra Pradesh Government and @NDRFHQ have been working on rescue operations,â Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Capsizing of a boat in the Krishna River is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Andhra Pradesh Government and @NDRFHQ have been working on rescue operations: PM @narendramodi
â PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 13, 2017
Many political leaders including Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, state BJP president K Hari Babu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa, Opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others have also expressed grief over the incident.