PM Modi condoles deaths in Andhra Pradesh boat accident, Iran-Iraq quake
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed anguish at the loss of lives in a boat accident in Andhra Pradesh and an earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border.
An overloaded boat carrying 38 people capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada on Sunday evening, resulting in the death of 14 tourists. Nine people were reported missing. “Capsizing of a boat in the Krishna river is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy,” the prime minister tweeted.
He said the Andhra Pradesh government and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are working on rescue operations.
Two teams each comprising 30 NDRF personnel, a 45-member team of the State Disaster Rescue Force (SDRF) and 60 members of the Disaster Response and Fire Services Department have been roped into the rescue operation.
The boat hit a sand mound inside the river while swerving a curve. At the same time, the passengers in it moved to one side to take a closer look at the Pavitra Harati at the Sangamam and that led to the boat capsize, police said.
In another incident, more than 200 people were killed when a powerful earthquake jolted the mountainous Iran-Iraq border on Sunday night. He also condoled the deaths in the massive earthquake which shook Iraq and Iran. “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones in the tragic earthquake that has affected parts of Iran and Iraq. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest,” his official Twitter handle @PMOIndia said quoting him.