A sudden whirlwind is said to be the reason behind the mishap.

Passenger boat capsizes in the Godavari 25 missingImage for representation purpose only (TNM File)
news Accident Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 21:21
In a shocking incident, a boat carrying as many as 30 passengers is reported to have capsized in river Godavari near Manturu of Devipatnam mandal in East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The incident happened on Tuesday evening around 6 pm. Sources from the local media in Rajamundry suggest that five passengers managed to reach the bank while the remaining are believed to be missing or drowned.
 
The boat apparently belongs to Laxmi Venkateshwara boat services and the owner Khaja Mohinuddeen has surrendered at the Devipatnam police station following the incident, ETV reported.
 
A sudden whirlwind is said to be the reason behind the mishap.
 
Local media reports suggest that the passenger boat started from Devipatnam and was en route to Vadapalli.
 
Villagers from Manturu who reached the spot after hearing about the incident took up rescue operations with the help of country boats. Police also joined in the rescue operations.
 
TNM was unable to reach Rampachodavaram ASP and CI, and Devipatnam Sub- Inspector for updates.

Four days ago, a tourist boat with 120 passengers caught fire and went up in flames in the same region due to a suspected short circuit. However, the passengers had a lucky escape and there were no casualties in the accident. 

Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives.
 
(This is a developing story.)
 

 

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