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Rights panel seeks report on boat tragedy

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 21 (PTI): Taking a serious note of the boat tragedy which claimed 18 lives including 15 children at Boothathankettu reservoir, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) today sought a detailed report on it from the State Government.

In his notice, KSHRC Chairman Justice, N Dhinakar, asked Chief Secretary, Lizzie Jacob, to furnish urgently the details of yesterday's mishap and the circumstances that led to it, Commission sources said.

23 people, mostly children, drown as boat capsizes in Kerala

Twenty-three people, most of them children, died when a boat carrying about 50 students and staff of a school capsized in Periyar river in Kerala's Ernakulam district Monday evening.

Twenty-three bodies have been recovered and a search was on for 20 more occupants of the boat who were swept away, private Indian news channel Zeenews reported here quoting official sources.

The dead children were all below 10 years of age.

A total of 103 students and staff of Elavoor School, near Angamaly, had gone to the Thattekkad bird sanctuary in two boats, one of which capsized.

Eight children were rescued, sources said.

Some reports said at least three teachers were believed to be among the dead.

The navy, fire service and police are involved in the rescue operations.

Thirteen bodies were taken to Dharmagiri Hospital at Kothamangalam while two bodies were brought to Mar Baselious Hospital in the same town, sources said.

Parents of the children in the capsized boat rushed to the site of the accident on hearing of the tragedy.
The Commission took a suo motu note of the incident based on media reports, the sources said.

About 106 students along with 10 teachers and two non-teaching staff of a school had visited Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary in Ernakulam district yesterday.

They later went on a boat-ride in the nearby Boothathankettu reservoir in three boats, of which one capsized, claiming the lives of 15 children and three teachers.