Boat capsize claims 21 lives in Kerala; rescue operations progress

Boat capsize claims 21 lives in Kerala; rescue operations progress

In India's southern state of Kerala, a tragic incident occurred as a tourist boat, carrying a large number of passengers, capsized, and resulting in the loss of at least 21 lives.

Rescue operations are currently in progress on Monday, with efforts to recover the vessel from the muddy waters, and there is a possibility that the death toll may increase.

According to Abdul Nazar, the junior superintendent of police in Malappuram district, the boat capsized due to overcrowding on the double-decker vessel.

On Sunday night, the boat, which was carrying approximately 50 individuals—twice its intended capacity—capsized.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to express his condolences, stating that he was deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

Local media reports indicated that numerous passengers became trapped beneath the overturned boat, and rescue efforts were hindered by the darkness of the night. Tragically, among the casualties were women and children who were on a school holiday.

According to Kerala's sports and fisheries minister, V Abdurahiman, at least four individuals who were transported to the hospital remain in critical condition.

Survivors who spoke to local media revealed that a significant number of passengers were not wearing life jackets when the incident occurred.

The precise count of missing passengers has yet to be determined and remains unclear at this time.

Authorities are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the tragic mishap.

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