Three dead, 44 missing in India boat accident
September 15 2019 03:35 PM
Rescue operations goes on after the boat capsized in the Godavari river
Rescue operations go on after the boat capsized in the Godavari river

AFP/New Delhi

Three people died and 44 others were missing after a tourist boat capsized in a southern Indian river on Sunday, police said, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.
The Royal Vashishta was carrying 63 people, most of them tourists, to a famous picnic spot near Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh state in southeast India.
Rescue teams including divers and a chopper were scouring the Godavari river in the East Godavari district, a senior police official said.  
"Three bodies have been found so far. 16 people have been rescued alive," police superintendent Adnan Nayeem Asmi told AFP.
The Godavari river has seen fast flow for a week, local media said, adding that the boat was run by the state government.
Overcrowding and poor safety checks often cause boat accidents in India, especially during the annual monsoon rains when rivers are swollen.
Last week, 12 people died in central Bhopal after their boats capsized during a ceremony to immerse the idol of Hindu god Ganesha into a river.

Last updated: September 15 2019 03:39 PM


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