40 feared drowned as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh 10 missing as boat capsize in Godavari River in Devipatnam

Two bodies have been recovered so far from the ill-fated boat that sank in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district even as rescue operation is underway, police said on Wednesday.

East Godavari District Collector Kartikeya Misra said that the passengers asked the boat driver and the owner of the boat, who was also onboard, to take it ashore when it started raining. According to the latest report, till now, 10 people have been rescued, with teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) being deployed at the site of the mishap. 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.

The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram.

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The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.

"The fact that the boat had sunk 60 feet deep into the river waters itself shows the magnitude of the tragedy".

A strong wind was said to be the main for the mishap.

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The boat was reportedly blown over by heavy gales at around 5pm local time (12.30pm BST).

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

A team of divers, along with Dornier aircraft, have been sent to Rajahmundry to join rescue operations. Helicopters from Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, carrying expert divers, reached Devipatnam on Wednesday morning and began an aerial survey to trace the boat. Condolences to the bereaved families.

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