Rajahmundry MP Murali Mohan has visited Devipatnam. He said, the mishap occurred due to gusty winds and the passengers could not come out as all the doors of the boat were closed. He stated that the boat was stuck in river bed at 50 ft deep because of the loaded cement bags. There is no authentic information about the no. of passengers boarded and the no. of passengers died as well. The MP said, the residents of the area are tribals and they have only water ways for communication and travel, and various rescue teams have been active in the operation.