PM Modi expresses anguish as several feared drowned in Andhra Pradesh boat tragedy

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Amaravati/ New Delhi | Published: May 15, 2018 11:55:38 PM

Several persons were feared drowned when a boat capsized in river Godavari in East Godavari district today.

Andhra Pradesh, narendra modi, PM Modi, East Godavari,  National Disaster Response Force, indiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)

Several persons were feared drowned when a boat capsized in river Godavari in East Godavari district today. National Disaster Response Force personnel have been pressed into service to trace the missing persons, official sources here said. The number of passengers in the boat at the time of the accident was also not clear even as reports said at least 10 persons swam to safety.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Narendra Modi today expressed anguish over the loss of lives in a boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh and prayed for the safe return of those missing. “Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. Condolences to the bereaved families. I pray for the safety of those missing,” he tweeted tonight.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa spoke to East Godavari district officials over phone and enquired about the incident. The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release here said. Strong wind was said to have caused the mishap, an official said over phone from Rajamahendravaram.

The ill-fated boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when tragedy struck.

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