At least 11 dead after boat capsizes in south India

16 drown 7 missing as boat capsizes in Krishna river

Local fishermen and locals of Ibrahimpatnam jumped into the flowing waters of Krishna river and rescued the passengers from the tourist boat which capsized on Sunday.

A survivor in the incident had alleged that the boat operator was trying to let in more passengers, which made the boat overloaded.

Around 20 of the roughly 35 people on the boat were rescued and search operations were continuing, India's National Disaster Response Force said on Twitter.

According to PTI, the police said that over 17 others are feared dead, but their bodies are yet to be recovered.

The boat exceeded its maximum carrying capacity of 24. Some of the survivors complained that the police that the boat was shaking right from moment it started from Bhavani Island. "Many of the tourists got trapped under the overturned boat and died of suffocation", said one of them.

The state's tourism minister ordered an inquiry into the incident while Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expressed his condolences on Twitter.

China Rajappa, who was supervising rescue operations at the accident spot, announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.

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