Boat carrying 40 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh; two dead

Jul 15, 2018, 08:21 IST | Agencies

The boat, according to reports, hit a pillar of a bridge in the Gautami river and turned over. It was travelling from Talarivaripalem to Pashuvulanka in the district

Boat carrying 40 capsizes in Andhra Pradesh; two dead
Five people are still missing

Two people have died and five are said to be missing after a passenger boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district yesterday. The boat had 40 passengers, mostly students. Thirty-three people have been rescued.

The boat, according to reports, hit a pillar of a bridge in the Gautami river and turned over. It was travelling from Talarivaripalem to Pashuvulanka in the district. Rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force are at the spot, assisting in search and rescue operations.

Terrified school students who were saved by those around say some of their friends are still missing. The water flow was reportedly fast making it difficult for even those who know swimming to make it to shore. Many villages here are small islands and students return from school using boats. The Gautami river is a tributary of the Godavari.

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