Sixteen dead after boat overturns in Krishna river

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

Sources told New Indian Express that 15 people have been recovered so far while 10 others are still feared missing.

The overcrowded boat couldn't pass over a whirlpool at the spot where the Godavari joins the Krishna, they added. Andhra Pradesh DGP Sambha Shiva Rao confirmed recovery of 11 bodies. The boat belonging to private operator Simple Water Sports, was bringing tourists from Bhavani Island, a popular tourist spot, to Pavitra Sangamam near Ferry on the outskirts of Vijayawada, to participate in a religious programme on the occasion of Telugus' auspicious Kartheeka Masam. The overloaded boat capsized midway due to the weight of 38 passengers, the police official said.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available.

Boat accidents are common in India, mainly because of overcrowding, poor maintenance and lax safety on ferries. Bad light is believed to have hampered rescue operations.

While six picnickers died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati River when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, the officials had said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.

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