23 missing after boat carrying 40 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh's Godavari river

At least 40 missing after ferry capsizes in Indian river

Local authorities said several people have believed to be missing after a boat they were travelling in capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The tribals attended the weekly shandy and were returning to their villages.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa on Tuesday spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone and enquired about the incident. When the boat was 10 minutes away from the banks, heavy rain and high-velocity winds started during which the small vessel lost its balance and capsized.

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A sudden whirlwind is said to be the reason behind the mishap. According to those who swam to safety, there were about 55 passengers, mostly tribals, on the boat. "The packing had not been opened, so there was lot of thermocol due to which it floated and the girl hung on to it and waded towards the shore". She is in shock and undergoing treatment at Rajahmundry, " an official said.

Fishermen raced to the scene to help, and officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force. The EG district administration has temporarily halted all movement of motor launches in the area.

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