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

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

Members of the Ongole Walkers Club had travelled to old Amaravati to take an auspicious Karthika dip in the Krishna River and perform pujas at the ancient Amareswara Temple.

"So far, 16 bodies have been recovered from river".

The rescue operations were underway and senior officials rushed to the spot.

A survivor in the incident also alleged that the boat operator was trying for ferry more passengers and that it was overloaded. We are in the process of identifying the victims.

"According to preliminary investigation, the private agency which was operating the boat did not have a licence from the tourism department", he said.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

According to the Newspaper, The boat with around 38 persons was heading to the Pavitra Sangamam Ferry ghat near Ibrahimpatnam.Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen. Read Also: Karnataka: Seven held for trying to sacrifice boy Locals have alleged that numerous boats do not have sufficient number of life jackets and carry more passengers than their actual capacity.

Addressing the media, the police said that rescue operations were on by the Vijayawada City Police and the National Disaster Rescue Force.

Tourism Minister Akhila Priya ordered probe into the incident.