Kakinada, Sep 15 : The death toll in the tourist boat tragedy in river Godavari has gone up to 12. 23 people were rescued. Search operations are still underway. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has annouced Rs.10 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of the drowned.
A tourist boat with 62 people on board, including ten member crew on its cruise to Papikondalu from Gandipochamma temple in Devipatnam Mandal on East Godavari side has capsized in river Godavari which is in spate between Manturu and Kachhuluru, 90 kms from here around 2pm on Sunday.
Being Sunday there was heavy rush of passengers to visit Papikondalu and despite heavy flood and adverse weather conditions the boat owners ventured to resume the cruise that was suspended for the past few days owing to heavy flood. The boat identified as Royal Vasista left Gandipochamma temple jetty around noon but soon faced technical snag and heavy flood made it turned turtle.(UNI)