Amaravati, Jul 14: Two persons are hospitalised and several were reported to be still missing as a boat carrying 40 people capsized in Gautami river in East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday afternoon. The incident reportedly happened after the boat rammed into a pillar of an under-construction bridge. Meanwhile, number of fatalities are yet to be confirmed. Also Read - Over 1 Lakh Evacuated in TN as Cyclone Nivar Makes Landfall, Heavy Rain to Continue Till Thursday | Key Points
As per sources close to the state Disaster Management Department, the passengers included mostly students. Meanwhile, a search operation has been launched to rescue the missing persons. Rescue teams belonging to the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have rushed to the spot. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: Tamil Nadu Districts Announce Helpline Numbers For Emergency Services | Check List
At least 10 people are said to have been rescued by locals, a PTI report claimed. Earlier, news agency ANI had asserted that 10 persons are said to be missing. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: PM Modi Speaks To Tamil Nadu, Puducherry CMs, Assures All Support From Centre
“A boat with more than 40 people in it has capsized in East Godavari after ramming into a bridge’s pillar, 10 people have been reported missing. Search operation is underway,” a tweet posted by ANI read.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed district officials to step up rescue operations, sources said.
The Gautami river is a tributary of the Godavari.