Boat tragedy claims 13 lives in Anantapur district

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Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Government announces Rs.3 lakh ex-gratia for adults and Rs.1 lakh for children
  • Four persons rescued and one still missing

In a boat that capsized in the Y.T.Cheruvu village tank in Gooty mandal of Anantapur district on Friday evening claiming 13 lives leaving one missing. However, four persons were rescued.

According to police sources, 18 persons were travelling in the country boat in the Yerra Thimmaraju Cheruvu village tank. Most of the victims belonged to a family which had come to the village to attend a programme at a temple stated ton Saturday. Police said that they decided to go on a pleasure trip on the countryside in the village tank. Inexperience of the boatman and the alarmingly large number of passengers on the boat seem to be the primary cause of the accident.

Police on getting information rushed the spot and deployed trained swimmers into service and revenue staff and medical ambulances were arranged to assist the rescue team.

According to latest reports, the bodies of three women, six girl children and four boys were fished out and were shifted to a hospital where their condition is said to be critical.

The deceased were identified as Yerramma (30), Spandana(6), Sudhakar (4), Lakshmi (14), Lavanya (14), Durga (16), Lalitha (20), Nitin Kumar (4) , Netra (6), Anantamma (30), Bunny (7), Gokul (3) Bhavani (13) belonging to Y.T.Cheruruvu and Penchulapadu villages.

The rescued were identified as Boya Raju (36), Besta Raju (25), Samanta (5) and Sai (32).

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu directed the District Collector G.Veerapandian and SP S.V.Rajasekhara Babu to personally monitor the rescue operations. YSRCP president Jagan Reddy expressed grief over the tragedy.

Meanwhile, the State government announced ex-gratia of Rs.3 lakh to the kin of the deceased in case of adults and Rs.1 lakh in the case of children.

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