10 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari River in Andhra

AP CM directs officials to send rescue teams to accident site

"Anguished by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district". The tragedy took place between 4.30 PM to 5 PM near Manturu of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari district. He said officials had been asked to take up the rescue operations on a war footing.

Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives. District Collector Karthikeya Mishra and other top officials were on their way to the accident spot.

The ill-fated boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when tragedy struck. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.

Local media reports suggest that the passenger boat started from Devipatnam and was en route to Vadapalli.

Most of the passengers were part of a 20-member wedding party, the Hindustan Times reported. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N Chinarajappa has inquired about the incident and instructed the concerned officials for search operations.

The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in Godavari River in the same district on May 11. According to those who swam to safety, there were about 55 passengers, mostly tribals, on the boat.

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