36 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river

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Ar per report of PTI 10 people swam to safety.

Giving assurance about the rescue operations, Naidu said that two platoons (60 personnel) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), two platoons (60 personnel) of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), four navy helicopters and two air force helicopters are part of the operations. Few people managed to survive after jumping from the boat'.

Ferry disasters occur frequently in India, often because of overcrowded boats or poor maintenance.

East Godavari district collector Karthikeya Mishra told reporters at the scene that since the launch was stuck in the sand, the rescue workers were making efforts to tie the rope to the railing to pull it horizontally.

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The cause of the Tuesday accident was not clear. When he tried to turn the boat, it tilted due to the winds and capsized, Misra said, according to The Indian Express. "Our party followers too should support the people when such incidents take place" said Pawan Kalyan.

However, there was no clarity on the exact number of people missing with conflicting claims made by government authorities.

Boat operator Khaja surrendered before police in Devipatnam. Condolences to the bereaved families. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds. I pray that the injured recover soon. They finally located the boat after more than five hours of search but pulling it out proved to be a daunting task, officials involved in the rescue operation said.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa on Tuesday spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone and enquired about the incident.