Suryakant Jena

Malkangiri: At least one person was killed while several still missing after two boats capsized in Seleru river in Chitrakonda area. A total of 11 people stated to be labourers were returning to their homes in two boats after work in Telangana when the mishap occurred.

As per sources, one of the boats capsized in the river first forcing the panic-stricken occupants to jump to the other boat to save their lives. However, due to more weight after the addition of passengers, the other boat also gave in and drowned in the river. 

As many as 3 people managed to save their lives by swimming all the way to the river bank, however, till the latest reports came in, 7 people were still missing. Informed, ODRAF teams begun search and rescue operation in the river and recovered the body of one of them. 

The incident comes just days after a boat capsized in the same Sileru river near the banks of Orapadar village in Andrapali gram panchayat of Malkangiri.

More details awaited.