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  • 6:46 PM IST
    Andhra Pradesh Boat Tragedy LIVE: Home Minister Amit Shah tweets, “The loss of lives due to capsizing of a boat in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh is very unfortunate. I am deeply pained. My thoughts are with families of those who have lost their loved ones. May God give the bereaved families strength to withstand this tragic loss”
  • 5:55 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh Boat Tragedy LIVE: PM Narendra Modi tweets, “Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Rescue operations are currently underway at the site of the tragedy”

  • 5:15 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh Boat Tragedy LIVE: 11 people have lost their lives in the incident where a tourist boat carrying 61 people capsized in Godavari river, says Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA)

  • 5:14 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh Boat Tragedy LIVE: 23 people have been rescued so far in the incident where a tourist boat carrying 61 people capsized in Godavari river in Devipatnam, East Godavari district today

  • 5:13 PM IST

    Andhra Pradesh Boat Tragedy LIVE: CM Jagan Mohan Reddy orders all available ministers in the district to supervise rescue works at the site of the incident where a tourist boat carrying 61 people capsized in East Godavari. He also directed officials to suspend all boating services in the region immediately

New Delhi: 12 people died and several others went missing when a tourist boat, with about 60 people on board, capsized in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Sunday. 23 people have been rescued thus far.

Of those on board, 11 were crew members. The incident comes just two days after 11 people lost their lives as their boat capsized during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Bhopal.

According to reports, the boat, which is run by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), left Gandi Pochamma Temple near Devipatnam for Papikondalu, a prime tourist destination and capsized near Kachhuluru.

Over the past few days, the river had been overflowing due to sudden floods. On Sunday, when the mishap occurred, it had over 5.13 lakh cusecs of floodwater in it.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed all available ministers in the affected district to supervise rescue operations. The state government has also stopped plying of all passenger and tourist boats with immediate effect. It has further ordered checking of permits, licences, safety measures of all the boats.

Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia has been announced for the families of those killed in the tragedy.

Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam, meanwhile, has directed East Godavari District Collector Muralidhar Reddy to deploy a helicopter to trace those missing after the mishap.

Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 30 members each, too, have been sent for rescue operations.