Alexa 12 dead, 3 missing as tourist boat capsizes in India

12 dead, 30 missing as tourist boat capsizes in India

International Desk

Published: 11:45 16 September 2019  

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At least 12 people have died and 30 went missing after a tourist boat capsized in the Godavari river in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. 

The boat was carrying a total of 62 people and was on its way to a popular tourist spot on Sunday when it collided with a large rock. 27 people have been safely evacuated while search is on for others, reported BBC.

The state's chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to suspend all boating services in the region immediately.

Meanwhile, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences to the victims.

The collision occurred in a "remote forest area" with inadequate communication facilities, making it a vulnerable area, said authorities.

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.