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A survivor recalled terrific Godavari boat tragedy

A survivor recalled terrific Godavari boat tragedy
A survivor recalled terrific Godavari boat tragedy

Reportedly Madhulata tells her visitors at the Rajahmundry Government General Hospital, pausing to weep in between sentences "I told them not to rescue me. There's no point in staying alive. At 33 years, my life is over". Madhulata had just been taken to the mortuary to see the body of her 12 year old daughter Hasini, who lost her life in the Godavari boat tragedy on Sunday. Her cries ring across the hospital room, as she weeps for her child.

A survivor recalled terrific Godavari boat tragedy

Meanwhile Madhulata's husband, Subramanyam, is one of the 24 people still missing, most of whom are presumed to be dead. Accordingly a short, fun family holiday to Bhadrachalam has now ended in Madhulata losing her only child, and possibly her husband, to the violent waters of the Godavari.

Moreover at the hospital are 17 other survivors of the accident, who were brought here from Devipatnam around midnight on Sunday. Previouslyr in the day, they had all been on a boat called the Royal Vashishta, which had capsized while carrying 61 people, near Kachuluru village of Devipatnam mandal in East Godavari district. Apparently Madhulata also recalls how everything happened so quickly, there was no time to react  and she said "It took less than a minute for the boat to topple. Within the next two minutes, most of the people had drowned".

A survivor recalled terrific Godavari boat tragedy
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