Krishna river boat tragedy: Death toll rises to 19

The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Krishna River near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh has climbed to 19 following the recovering of three more bodies this morning, an official said.

State disaster response and fire services department’s director general N Satyanarayana said while two bodies were recovered by teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), another was fished out by personnel of his department.

Vijayawada Police Commissioner Gautam Sawang said the private boat operator did not have a valid license.

“There were no life jackets for passengers either.We have registered a criminal case against the operator and will take stern action,” Sawang told reporters last night.

The police also launched a hunt for the missing driver of the boat.

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