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Hyderabad: Day after Godavari mishap, 14 bodies found

17 May, 2018, 07:06 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Officials deployed police and a team from the National Disasters Relief Force to the scene

However, at least 23 people continue to be missing even as the rescue and relief operations are underway.

A lack of communications infrastructure in the eastern part of the Andhra Pradesh region is said to be hampering the efforts of emergency services. He was informed by the officials that the launch was carrying cement bags and two-wheelers. Additional SP said, "The apparent strong wind is the reason behind the boat toppling". We will ensure that the children in the affected families are enrolled in residential schools and their education is taken care of, " Naidu said. The tragedy took place between 4.30 PM to 5 PM near Manturu of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari district. He also announced government job would be provided to an eligible person each from the families of the victims and a house would also be built for them.

Being the weekly shandy day, the boat was over crowded with the tribals buying their household needs at Devipatnam and returning to their habitations situated along the down stream of the river. The boat which got stuck in the sand of the riverbed at a depth of at least 40 feet was pulled ashore on May 16.


"There were 44 passengers on the boat at the time of the mishap".

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada and Visakhapatnam have been deployed for rescue operations. "Divers broke open the windows and a door to bring out the bodies". They could initially retrieve only two bodies, who were identified as villagers of Kondamodalu. He spoke to the District Collector and other officials over phone.

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