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Sharing grief: PR president K. Chiranjeevi with the relatives of the boat tragedy victims at Tandava reservoir in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
Sharing grief: PR president K. Chiranjeevi with the relatives of the boat tragedy victims at Tandava reservoir in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Five more bodies were recovered from the Tandava reservoir in Golugonda mandal on Monday during a search conducted by the Navy personnel. Search would continue for the six more persons who were missing after a “putty” (pan shaped country boat) in which they crammed themselves in capsized on Sunday.

Two persons, an 18-year-old youth and a 10-year-old boy had survived while the body of Nelli (18) was found on Sunday itself. The 14 were on their way in the two putties, tied to each other, to a local deity’s festival at Ammapeta. All moved into one putty after sighting a snake in one putty.

Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi went to the banks of the reservoir on Monday and consoled the families of the victims. He handed over Rs. 10,000 to families of each victim.

Mr. Chiranjeevi said that though no one could be held responsible for the accident, it was painful to see many children among the victims. He inquired with the Collector J. Syamala Rao about the arrangements made for searching the missing persons.

Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju was near the Tandava reservoir from morning till late in the evening supervising the efforts being made while Superintendent of Police Vineet Brij Lal went into the reservoir on a boat and coordinated the search operation with the Navy personnel.

District Minister in-charge Kanna Lakshminarayana and Anakapalle MP Sabbam Hari also visited the area.

Bodies of Mandali Chinna (13), Poliparthi Devi (12), Varre Lalitha (12), Ralla Swamy (9) and Gade Swamy (12) were recovered on Monday.


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