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

Vijayawada 16 dead seven missing as boat capsizes

"The boat was overloaded with 38 people and a lot of them were not provided life jackets".

At least fourteen tourists, including six women and two children, were killed and nine others missing as a boat capsized in Krishna river near this city in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

Rajappa also announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to each of the families of the deceased.

Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen andNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were pressedinto service to trace the missing persons, he said.

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Local fishermen swung into action and rescued 15 passengers, the Press Trust of India reported. "Later, the boat was broken to extract the victims stranded under it", Commissioner of Police D. Gautam Sawang, who oversaw the rescue operations, said. As many as 20 passengers, who were wearing life jackets, managed to swim to the shore safely.

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly.

Director general of police N Sambasiva Rao, Krishna district collector Lakshmi Kantham and the other senior officials of the district administration are personally supervising the rescue operations.

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