Several missing as boat capsizes in East Godavari district

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In a shocking incident, a boat carrying as many as 30 passengers is reported to have capsized in river Godavari near Manturu of Devipatnam mandal in East Godavari of Andhra Pradesh.

Officials said since the boat capsized at a remote area and information on what exactly happened was not received. We are being told there were 40 people onboard at the time of the mishap. So far, 17 people have been rescued while 23 people are still missing. "We are trying to get the details from the survivors".

According to a press communique from the AP Disaster Management Authority, rescue operations are going on in full swing. The Chief Minister directed the District Collector to deploy special teams to rescue the victims, a release said. "Officers have been ordered to carry out relief operations on the war footing", said a statement issued by Naidu.

Teams from the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into action.

The incident took place around 5 pm when the weather conditions worsened and the area witnessed heavy rains.