Death toll mounts to 12 in Andhra Pradesh boat tragedy

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In Andhra Pradesh, four more bodies have been fished out taking the death toll in yesterday's Godavari boat tragedy to 12. Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey at the accident site at Devipatnam area today.

He later visited and enquired about the health of those admitted in a hospital in Rajamahendravaram. The state government had announced 10 lakh rupees ex-gratia to the families of each deceased.

Meanwhile, Navy has joined the rescue and search operation to trace missing . A diving team, two Navy helicopters, Gemini boat and associated equipment have been deployed from Indian Naval Station Dega to augment search operations following a request from state administration.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the boat tragedy. In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, his thoughts are with the bereaved families.

A tourist boat carrying 71 passengers capsized in a river Godavari at Kacchapuram village of Devipatnam Mandal in East Godavari, yesterday. (AIR NEWS)

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