Krishna River boat capsize toll rises to 19, four missing

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    The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Krishna River near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh has climbed to 19 following the recovering of three more bodies on Monday morning, an official said, Hindustan times reports.

    An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized on Sunday close to the ‘Pavitra Sangamam’ (confluence point of rivers Krishna and Godavari) at Ferry village near Vijayawada.Till late on Sunday night, 16 bodies were fished out.

    Local fishermen rescued 15 people soon after the mishap.

    The boat hit a sand mound inside the river while swerving a curve. At the same time, the passengers in it moved to one side to take a closer look at the Pavitra Harati at the Sangamam and that led to the boat capsize, police said.

    Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, deputy chief minister (Home) N China Rajappa, Opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others on Sunday expressed grief over the incident.

    China Rajappa had also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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