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Images: Kerala boat capsize toll goes up

Last updated on: October 1, 2009 

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Kerala is yet to recover from the boat tragedy in Thekkady -- one of its prime tourist spots.

Eleven people from Delhi, including three each from two neighbouring families, were among 39 people killed in the boat capsize, officials said today.

Of them, eight were women and another is a teenaged boy. Three members each of two families in Paschim Vihar in Delhi, who had gone as part of a 10-member group for the holiday, were killed in the mishap yesterday.

Pradeep Jain, an official of a pharmaceutical company, his wife Sandhya and daughter Shruti died while Shruti's husband Baladutt and a nine-year-old girl Nidhi survived.

Their neighbours Vimla Jain, Sangeeta Sharma and Partha Sharma (19) also died, officials said, adding it was Nidhi who identified the bodies. Other deceased are Arun Kaur, her daughter and Alka.

Two people are yet to be traced -- a woman identified as wife of Harinder Singh of west Delhi's Janakpuri who died in the incident, and Amith, whose wife Saliha was killed.

Thirty-nine bodies have so far been recovered after the boat capsized in Thekkady Lake while 40 were rescued, officials said. Six bodies are yet to be identified.

Besides the 11 victims from Delhi, nine are from Tamil Nadu, five from West Bengal, four from Andhra Pradesh, three from Karnataka and one from Punjab.

Kerala government officials said that the bodies of victims belonging to the capital will be flown to the city soon after the post-mortem is over.

"The government is taking all measures to help the families of the victims in Delhi. The bodies will be flown to the capital soon after the post-mortem and embalming is over," a senior official said.

The victim from Punjab has been identified as Rana Gowda. The deceased who belong to West Bengal are Meena Das, Kalpana Das, Nirmala Das, Anoopa Bhandari and Deepak Kaur. All are from Kolkata.

Text: Press Trust of India


Image: Rescue workers stand over the capsized boat on Periyar lake in Thekkady on Wednesday
Photographs: Reuters
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The government is taking all measures to help the families of the victims in Delhi. The bodies will be flown to the capital soon after the post mortem and embalming is over," a senior official said.

The victim from Punjab has been identified as Rana Gowda. The deceased who belong to West Bengal are Meena Das, Kalpana Das, Nirmala Das, Anoopa Bhandari and Deepak Kaur. All are from Kolkata.

Two of the victims from Andhra Pradesh are minors -- four-year-old Sai Mansi and Devendra Verma (13). The others are Sunil Kumar and Sneha. Apart from Verma who is from Guntur, all others are from Hyderabad.

Three victims from Karnataka are Vijaya Sailesh, Soorya Prakash, and Rajeshekaran. Those from Tamil Nadu are Aditya, Anusha Devi, Sandhya, Dharani, Jayaprakash, Rahul, Ilakia, Prakatheswari and Sudha.

A control room has been set up in Kerala House in Delhi where people can contact for details. The numbers are 011-23342320/30411500. The Kerala helpline numbers are 09446052361 and 04869222620.


Image: Rescue work is still on.
Photographs: Reuters
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