The boat capsize in Andhra killed not just people who were on board, but also the mother of one of its victims. Laxmikanthamma from Ongole was so heartbroken when she saw the dead body of her daughter, Leelavathi, that she passed away moments later.
The tragic incident of a boat capsizing in the Krishna river on Sunday, which claimed 19 lives, has left everyone saddened. Among the 19 lives lost in the tragic incident, one was that of 50-year-old D Leelavathi.
After Leelavathiās body was brought home on Monday, the shock was too much to bear for her mother Laxmikanthamma, who passed away following a heart attack just moments later.
Speaking to a local media channel, one of the family members of the deceased said, "Following the incident, Vijayawada City police had sent the details of Leelavathi along with the other deceased to Ongole police."
Leelavathiās relatives, who hail from Vijayawada managed to get the dead body following the post-mortem in GGH Vijayawada, and shifted the body to her hometown in Ongole.
"On seeing the dead body of her daughter, she broke down and passed away," said a family member.
The boat with 38 tourists capsized around 5.45 pm on Sunday evening. It was going from Bhavani Island to Pavithra Sangamam in Ibrahimpatnam. After hitting a sand bar and tilting, the boat capsized shortly before reaching its destination.
According to the latest reports, three more bodies were recovered on Monday morning. The rescue operations were carried out by NDRF, SDRF and Vijayawada City police, under the supervision of AP ministers Bhuma Akhila Priya and Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao.
Political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of the Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Minister for Information KT Rama Rao, have expressed their condolences.
A total of five people have been booked so far, for negligence.