More than 12 people were killed when the boat in which they were travelling capsized at Pavithra Sanghamam near Vijayawada. The number of deaths may increase as another 16 people were yet to be traced out.

The boat was proceeding from Bhavani Islands to Pavithra Sanghamam on Sunday evening. 35 people boarded the boat which has the capacity of only 15 people. Preliminary investigation says boat turned upside down due to overload.

Alerted government immediately pressed disaster management forces in to service to rescue people struck in the water. Majority of the victims were hailed from Prakasham district.