Man-made disaster, govt must ensure such incidents aren't ​repeated: Satheesan on Tanur boat tragedy


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VD Satheesan during visit to accident scene | Photo: Ajith Sankaran, Mathrubhumi

Tanur: Kerala Leader of the Opposition VD Satheesan on Monday paid a visit to Tanur boat tragedy victims’ families. After his visit, Satheesan addressed the media and termed the incident as a man-made disaster. He asked the government to do the needful to ensure such incidents did not recur.

Satheesan cited the 2007 Thattekkad boat disaster and the 2009 Thekkady boat disaster to target the regime over its lack of mechanisms to ensure whether security protocols are followed. He also elaborated on the allegations against the boat that caused the tragedy in Tanur and the authorities concerned.

Satheesan noted that affected ones are from poor backgrounds and the government should give appropriate relief, aid and assistance. He also asked the government to set a deadline for the completion of the judicial probe announced.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the accident has risen to 22. Eight people were rescued after the boat capsized on Sunday evening and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, district officials said. The boat, which was carrying more than 30 people, capsized near an estuary close to the Thoovaltheeram beach in the Tanur area around 7:30 pm. Search operation for the missing persons is still underway, the officials said.

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