Officials confirmed to BBC Telugu that 26 people have been safely evacuated: Rescue authorities are searching for bodies in the river: Survivors have spoken of their shock and grief: One woman, Madhavilatha, survived the accident but her husband and child did not: “I should have died without my baby,” she told BBC Telugu in tears, “I have lost both my husband and child.”………..The state’s chief minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, has directed officials to suspend all boating services in the region immediately.
Andhra Pradesh: At least 12 dead in boat capsize…..
Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences to the victims: Authorities told BBC Telugu that the the collision occurred in a “remote forest area” with inadequate communication facilities, making it a vulnerable area: The tourism minister confirmed that the tourist boat had been operating without a licence.
Boats in India are often overloaded, and lax safety standards mean accidents are common.
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