At least 16 people, including women and children, died Sunday after a boat packed with 38 passengers capsized in a river in southern India, police said.
An official said, the boat was making a trip from Punnami Ghat, Bhavanipuram, to Pavitra Sangamam, Ferry village.
A survivor in the incident had alleged that the boat operator was trying to let in more passengers, which made the boat overloaded.
"So far, 16 bodies have been recovered from river". 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people.
Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, deputy CM (home) N China Rajappa, leader of opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, state BJP president K Hari Babu and others expressed grief over the incident.
The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening.
"According to preliminary investigation, the private agency which was operating the boat did not have a license from the tourism department", he added.
Most of the passengers were said to be members of the Ongole Walkers Club in Prakasam district while some were from Nellore who were on a visit to Vijayawada.
NDRF top official Love Kumar and others also supervised the search operation.