Malappuram: The death toll has increased to 22 after a tourist boat carrying 40 people capsized in Malappuram, Kerala. Among the dead were 4 children. 8 people were rescued alive.
The accident took place in Malappuram’s Thanur area yesterday (Sunday). In this case, the death toll has increased.
Overcrowding in the tourist boat is said to be the reason for the boat capsizing. It seems that the people in the lower part of the two-decker boat were the most affected.
The National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Coast Guard are involved in the rescue operation.
A senior officer told the media that the bodies have been recovered so far. National Disaster Response Team and Coast Guard are involved in the rescue operation. It is unclear how many people were on board. So the search operation continues, he said.
It seems that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Vidy Satheesan will visit the venue and inspect the incident.
President Drabupati Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the Kerala boat accident. Also, the Prime Minister has ordered a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased from the Prime Minister’s General Relief Fund.