26 feared dead in Vijayawada boat tragedy

Initial reports say that the death toll has already reached 26 and nine bodies have been recovered

Andhra Pradesh: 14 killed as boat capsizes in Krishna river, rescue operations underway

"Some 14 bodies have been fished out of the waters", he said.

According to eyewitnesses, they began hearing loud screams from far away and immediately private lifeguards from Simple Group rushed to the spot with rescue boats and swimmers and tried to rescue few members who fell out of the boat.

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

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The boat was navigating the Krishna river.

Disaster at dusk: Rescue operations under progress at the Pavithra Sangamam in Vijayawada on Sunday. Locals rescued 15 people.

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

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The state government on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the families of the bereaved. "Rescue operations are on to know the whereabouts of missing persons", deputy chief minister N Chinna Rajappa, who holds home portfolio, told reporters late evening.

Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the incident and directed the authorities to intensify rescue operations.

One of the deceased was identified as Prabhakar Reddy, a former president of the BJP Prakasam district unit.

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