Indian rescue workers search for 35 missing tourists after boat capsized, killing at least 12

Indian authorities are searching for 35 missing tourists after their sightseeing boat capsized in a flooded river in southern India, drowning at least 12 people.

Police rescued 26 people from the Godavari river in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh after the incident yesterday.

The boat was carrying a total of 73 passengers, local police official Adnan Asmi said.

Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister M Sucharitha said authorities closed the sluice gates of a river barrage to prevent those missing being swept into the Bay of Bengal. 

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Authorities are searching for 35 missing people after a tourist boat capsized in southern India yesterday. Pictured are rescuers next to a navy helicopter by the bank of the Godavari River

Authorities are searching for 35 missing people after a tourist boat capsized in southern India yesterday. Pictured are rescuers next to a navy helicopter by the bank of the Godavari River

Authorities are searching for 35 missing people after a tourist boat capsized in southern India yesterday. Pictured are rescuers next to a navy helicopter by the bank of the Godavari River

Twelve bodies were pulled from the river yesterday and 26 passengers were rescued. Pictured are people watching as a helicopter searches the Godavari River on Sunday

Twelve bodies were pulled from the river yesterday and 26 passengers were rescued. Pictured are people watching as a helicopter searches the Godavari River on Sunday

Twelve bodies were pulled from the river yesterday and 26 passengers were rescued. Pictured are people watching as a helicopter searches the Godavari River on Sunday

Around 300 rescuers from the state police and the National Disaster Relief Force resumed the search operation on Monday morning after an overnight halt.  

Media reports said that a special diver team equipped with sonar equipment was expected to reach the spot later in the day from the northern state of Uttarakhand. 

It is thought that the boat was heading from Singanapalli to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot.   

A report in the Times of India quoted a senior Andhra Pradesh minister as saying that the vessel had no licence or permission to carry tourists while the river was swollen.

It is thought that the boat was carrying 73 people and heading from Singanapalli to famous tourist spot Papikondalu. Pictured are relatives of the victims after being told of the incident

It is thought that the boat was carrying 73 people and heading from Singanapalli to famous tourist spot Papikondalu. Pictured are relatives of the victims after being told of the incident

It is thought that the boat was carrying 73 people and heading from Singanapalli to famous tourist spot Papikondalu. Pictured are relatives of the victims after being told of the incident

A special diver team equipped with sonar equipment is expected to reach the spot later today to help with the search efforts (file picture of the river in southern India)

A special diver team equipped with sonar equipment is expected to reach the spot later today to help with the search efforts (file picture of the river in southern India)

A special diver team equipped with sonar equipment is expected to reach the spot later today to help with the search efforts (file picture of the river in southern India)

Poor safety checks and overcrowding are major causes of boat tragedies in India, especially during the current monsoon season.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences.

Last week, a dozen people died in the central city of Bhopal after two boats capsized during celebrations to immerse an effigy of the Hindu god Ganesha into a lake. 

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