23 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river

Andhra Pradesh Launch capsizes over 10 feared drowned

However, at least 23 people continue to be missing even as the rescue and relief operations are underway.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams from Vijayawada & Visakhapatnam and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams from Kakinada & Visakhapatnam have been deployed for rescue operations in the Godavari boat capsize incident.

Rescuers were searching for survivors Wednesday after a river ferry capsized in heavy winds in rural south India, leaving anywhere from 10 to 40 people missing. Many people are feared drowned in the boat tragedy.

About 20 people swam to safety Tuesday evening after the ferry flipped on the Godavari River but others, including a group traveling to a wedding, remained unaccounted for. East Godavari district collector Karthikeya Misra has rushed to the spot.

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The boat's owner, Mohammad Khaja, surrendered, police in Devipatnam said. The boat was on its way to Rajamahendravaram from Kondamodalu when the tragedy struck.

According to Reddy, the driver of the boat has said there are 25-26 passengers in the boat at the time of the incident.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister (Home) N China Rajappa took stock of the situation. "I pray for the safety of those missing", he tweeted.

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