The dead include seven women and six children.

Andhra tragedy 13 dead as boat in Anantapur district capsizes due to excess weightImage for representation
news Accident Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 07:47

At least 13 members of a family were killed when a boat capsized in a lake in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district on Friday.

The dead include seven women and six children. One person was missing while three others were rescued by locals.

Tragedy struck the family which was returning after attending a ceremony in a nearby village.

The incident occurred in Yerratimmaraju lake in Guntakal block. Officials said the country boat capsized due to excess weight.

The Times of India reported that locals had jumped into the tank to rescue the family, but only two children could be saved. 

"The family had ventured into the lake on the country boat after asking the fishermen to stay behind on the tank bund. They did not know how to navigate the boat. Moreover, the boat was overloaded," an official told TOI.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed his grief on the incident.

"Saddened to hear about the boat mishap in Anantapur, the situation is being monitored and thorough search operations are being conducted," he tweeted.

The Chief Minister also reportedly announced Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia for the victims' kin.

The rescue operation to find one missing person was called off late in the night, after darkness set in.

The operation will commence again on Saturday morning.



IANS inputs

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