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6 people dead in Sri Lanka as the ferry capsizes

Key Takeaway:

  • A navy spokesperson said that a ferry overturned in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing six people.
  • According to a hospital worker and a policeman, four children were among the dead.

A navy spokesperson said that a ferry overturned in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing six people.

Twelve people have been released, and the search for others is continuing; navy spokesperson Captian. Indika de Silva said. It was not instantly clear how many people were on board the ferry or what caused it to overturn.

According to a hospital worker and a policeman, four children were among the dead who spoke anonymously because they weren’t authorized to talk to the media.

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The navy spokesperson said that the ferry was traveling from Kurinchakeni to Kinniya along the country’s eastern coast and 260 kilometers northeast of the capital, Colombo.

Ferry incidents are relatively rare in Sri Lanka because bridges now connect many locations.

However, the bridge that connects the 2 towns has been closed for repairs, forcing people to use rudimentary vessels to cross the river, said Naazik Majeed, a social activist in Kinniya.

Angry residents burned tires and surrounded government offices, blaming officials for the accident.

Source-CTV News

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