Kerala: 6 children drown as boat capsizes in Changaramkulam

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In a tragic incident, six persons died on Tuesday after a rowing boat overturned off Changaramkulam in Njarani river. The incident happened when the people went for fishing in the river.

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Three girls and three boys have died in the incident. Three more people, including the owner of the boat, have been rescued. They have been rushed to the hospital.The search is going on for another person, who has gone missing.

The deceased children have been identified as Praseena, Vaishnav, Jeneesha, Abhilash and Minnu. The man, who was rescued, has been taken to Thrissur Medical college.

Though the persons in the boat were rescued and taken to the hospital, the lives of six persons could not be saved.

The children were relatives and had come here for a vacation when the tragedy struck them at Changrakkulam this evening, authorities said. The bodies of four girls and two boys, aged between four and 18, had been recovered, police said.

The State Human Rights Commission has suo motu registered a case and ordered a probe into the incident.

The District Collector and police chief had been asked to file a report within three weeks.

Kerala Assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan condoled the death of the children and said the incident was very painful.

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