At least six people lost their lives on November 23, when a ferry capsized in Sri Lanka, throwing dozens of passengers into the water.
he ferry capsized while crossing a lagoon near the town of Kinniya, and it was used on the route because a bridge had been closed down for repairs.
Twenty passengers were rescued, while six bodies have been recovered. At least nine additional children have been hospitalized.
After the incident, Sri Lanka’s Navy deployed rescue divers to the scene, in order to find more survivors, but the effort has since been suspended.
The incident caused an outburst by local residents, who accuse the house of a local member of parliament, MP M.S. Thowfeek, claiming that government officials had not taken proper safety precautions during the bridge shutdown.