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3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

3 killed, 20 missing in Andhra boat accident

Of them, 32 belonged to a walkers' association from Ongole in Prakasam district and six from Nellore. Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river.

A survivor in the incident had alleged that the boat operator was trying to let in more passengers, which made the boat overloaded.

The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved. "If they had taken the insurance under Chandranna Bima Scheme, an additional amount of Rs 2 lakh would be paid to each family", he said. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said. Swimmers and local fishermen rescued 15 passengers as the boat capsized.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) are undertaking search and rescue operations.

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The boat's carrying capacity is 24 people.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. The panic-stricken passengers tried to rush to one side, but the inexperienced driver failed to control and the boat overturned. The boat was owned by private agency, Simple Water Sports.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the tragedy.


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