Van Falls into Godavari from Dhavaleswaram Barrage; 22 Dead
A ghastly road accident took place near Rajahmundry in East Godavari district, AP. A cruiser van fell from Dhavaleswaram barrage into river Godavari. Eegala Appa Rao of Mosiahpet of Atchyutapuram mandal in Visakhapatnam district was on his way back from Tirupathi after offering prayers to Lord Venkateswara along with family members. They visited the Goddess Kanaka Durga’s temple in Vijayawada during their return journey. While they were on the way from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam, their van fell into river Godavari after losing control over the Dhavaleswaram Barrage. While the van contained 23 members, 22 of them were dead. A girl child who was the only survivor of the accident suffered severe injuries and was shifted to hospital for treatment. Police who were informed about the accident reached spot and are recovering bodies of the deceased.