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Five drown at Nilaveli

Five persons died when the canoe in which they set out in the Periyakulam tank to pluck lotus flowers for an offering capsized, drowning family members in Nilaveli yesterday. The bodies lying at the Trincomalee hospital morgue. A child was rescued in the mishap. (Left) The canoe in which they set out to the tank. (Pictures by A.T.M. Gunananda,Trincomalee special corr)

Five persons including four children died from drowning when their canoe capsized in the Periyakulam tank in Nilaveli yesterday morning.

The victims had gone to the tank at around 11. a.m. in a canoe to collect lotus leaves for a religious ceremony to be held at the Kovil when the tragedy occured.

The deceased included three males and two females. According to sources, the victims including a man, his daughter and three cousins of the girl.

The deceased were Darmalingam Thangadurai, (42), D. Sangavi,(10), Suresh Kirthiraj, (10), Suresh Yudeshan, (7) and Suthan Pranavi,(7).

The bodies are kept at the Nilaweli Hospital. Nilaweli Police is investigating.