14 drown as boat capsizes in Krishna river

14 drown as boat capsizes in Krishna river

14 drown as boat capsizes in Krishna river

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available.

The boat was navigating the Krishna river.

They rescued 17 persons and fished out bodies of 21 persons along with NDRF, fire and police personnel.

Last week, at least nine people, including five children, drowned in two incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police had said.

The incident occurred when the boat set off for Pavitra Sangamam at Ferry village near Vijayawada from Bhavani Island, the police said. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town.

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The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved.

Local fishermen rushed into the water and managed to save 15 passengers and another three were rescued by members of the National Disaster Response Force.

Another 20 people swam to safety or were rescued by villagers in the Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is in Kerala now, held a teleconference with the ministers and officials from the accident site itself.

One of the deceased was identified as Prabhakar Reddy, a former president of the BJP Prakasam district unit.

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