Sixteen killed after boat capsizes in Vijayawada

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The tourism department of Andhra Pradesh had given permission for private agencies to operate boats to Bhavani Island regularly.

Those who had life jackets on were able to escape with some help from local fishermen.

According to reports, the boat, which had 38 people on board, overturned when trying to manoeuvre towards Pavitra Sangamam after leaving the ferry.

The police had also informed that nine people had drowned in Vaishali. The boat belonging to private operator Simple Water Sports, was bringing tourists from Bhavani Island, a popular tourist spot, to Pavitra Sangamam near Ferry on the outskirts of Vijayawada, to participate in a religious programme on the occasion of Telugus' auspicious Kartheeka Masam. The driver of the boat agreed to take them to Pavithra Sangamam at a cost of Rs 300 per head.

National Disaster Response Force personnel are now performing rescue operation. Of them, 32 belonged to a walkers' association from Ongole in Prakasam district and six from Nellore.

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Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people.

Later, 16 bodies were fished out of the river.

Disaster at dusk: Rescue operations under progress at the Pavithra Sangamam in Vijayawada on Sunday.

Alerted government immediately pressed disaster management forces in to service to rescue people struck in the water.

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.

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