Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

14 killed, 9 missing in Andhra boat tragedy

14 killed, 9 missing in Andhra boat tragedy

The incident comes days after at least 9 people were killed in similar incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar.

At least 16 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people. Officials said 41 passengers, including 31 members of Ongole Wakers Club, were present in the boat when it overturned.

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

Boat accidents are common in India, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety on ferries.

"As the boat took a turn near the Ferry Ghat, the tourists came to one side to witness the evening "aarti" to the "Sangamam", immediately the boat turned turtle".

So far five bodies have been recovered.

National Disaster Response Force personnel are now performing rescue operation.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.

"Rescue operations are on and they will continue until all have been traced", a local police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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