At least 11 dead after boat capsizes in south India

Vijayawada 16 dead seven missing as boat capsizes

At least 16 people died on Sunday when a tourist boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh, officials said. There were 38 tourists on boat belonging to a private operator and coming to Pavitra Sangam at Ibrahimpatnam from Bhavani Island.

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

Three bodies were recovered from the river while search was on for others. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people.

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Last week, at least nine people, including five children, drowned in two incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police had said.

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.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has expressed his condolences to the bereaved family. "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. A helpline with toll free number 18004250101 was opened to help the relatives of the victims to get the information.

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