Boat Accident in Godavari : 35 Missing, 5 Safe

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And because the area is a tribal region, there are very few lights on the banks to help rescuers locate the missing passengers, Hyderabad-based newspaper The Hans India reported. Teams from the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into action.

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.

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Last year, a boat accident in Vijayawada on the Krishna river claimed as many as 21 lives. Earlier reports had said that at least 10 people swam to safety.

According to police, the boat sailed from Devipatnam to reach Kondamodalu at 3.30 pm on Tuesday. The chief minister spoke to East Godavari district officials over the phone.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident on Twitter.

The rescue efforts were on despite darkness, said local legislator V. Rajeswari, who was supervising the rescue and relief operations. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to launch rescue operations on war footing.

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