Krishna river boat tragedy: Death toll rises to 16, ex-gratia announced

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The incident comes days after at least 9 people were killed in similar incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar.

Fifteen persons were rescued by local fishermen andNational Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were pressedinto service to trace the missing persons, he said.

The boat that capsized at Krishna River in Ibrahimpatnam mandal, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh was reportedly a private boat.

Tourism Minister Akhila Priya ordered probe into the incident.

Twenty people died in September when a boat packed with labourers capsized on the Yamuna river in northern India.

The passengers were travelling to Pavitra Sangamam to see a daily ritual when the boat lost its balance.

Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada. According to the earlier reports, five bodies were recovered from the river. Search and rescue operation going on.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others expressed grief over the tragedy.

National Disaster Response Force personnel are now performing rescue operation.

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