16 killed, 7 missing in boat capsize near Vijayawada; govt announces compensation

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

11 bodies recovered after boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 11 bodies.

Earlier this year, 13 people died in a similar incident in the state's Anantapur district. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said.

At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said. The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.

Disaster at dusk: Rescue operations under progress at the Pavithra Sangamam in Vijayawada on Sunday.

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Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.

A total of 15 people were rescued with the help of locals. Some of the deceased were identified as J Prakash Reddy, P Sitaramaiah, V Koti Reddy, Venkateswarulu, Koteswara Raju, Kusuma and Lalitha, K Rama, P Anamma, and Narayana Raju.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

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