CM Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Screengrab/ Mathrubhumi News
Tanur: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday arrived in Tanur to evaluate the rescue efforts taking place in the boat capsize incident site. The chief minister met 10 other ministers at the taluk hospital in Tirurangadi and held talks.
Speaking to mediapersons here, the chief minister announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the deceased and said that the government will bear the treatment expenses of those injured in the mishap. He also added that a judicial probe will be launched into the accident.
“A major disaster has taken place in Kerala. Nothing can suffice the loss of the families,” Vijayan said.
As per reports, the chief minister will take part in the public homage and later visit the accident site, where search operations are underway.
The double-decker boat ‘Atlantic’, which carried around 37 passengers capsized at Ottumpuram, around 7 pm on Sunday, claiming the lives of at least 22 people.
According to eyewitnesses, more people were on board than the boat was permitted to carry, and the journey continued beyond the allotted time. The boat, which was allowed to carry 20 people, carried more than 35 people.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu also condoled the accident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the victims.
Most of the passengers on the boat hailed from the Parappanangadi and Tanur regions, and the boat reportedly capsized and sank entirely. The absence of safety equipment on the boat, combined with closed boat doors, exacerbated the danger. The boat owner is reportedly on the run.