21 die as boat with 38 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

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

Fifteen people were rescued by local fishermen.

The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m.

National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operations, but these were hampered with the sunset.

The passengers were making a trip from Punnami Ghat in Bhavanipuram to Pavitra Sangamam in Ferry village when the vessel capsized, PTI quoted an official as saying.

More than 16 people were killed when the boat in which they were travelling capsized at Pavithra Sanghamam near Vijayawada.

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The police had also informed that nine people had drowned in Vaishali.

A total of 15 people were rescued with the help of locals. 32 of the victims belong to Ongole town.

Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river.

According to the AP State Disaster Management Authority, there are two NDRF teams with 30 members each, 45 members of the State Disaster Rescue Force and 12 rescue boats now working on the rescue operation.

Two persons, who were rescued from the tragedy, complained of sickness and were shifted to a government general hospital in Vijayawada, the officials said. He announced Rs 8 lakh compensation each to the families of the deceased.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

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