Ferry capsized in Sri Lanka; at least 6 people died

A navy spokesperson said a ferry capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing at least six people

Colombo – A navy spokesperson said that a ferry capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, killing at least six people.

Naval spokesman Captain Indica de Silva said that 12 people have been rescued and the search for others is continuing. It is not clear how many people were on the ferry or what caused it to capsize.

According to a policeman and a hospital staff member, there were four children among the dead who were not authorized to talk to the media and therefore requested anonymity.

A navy spokesperson said the ferry was heading from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kinniya, about 260 kilometers (160 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, on the country’s east coast.

In Sri Lanka, ferry accidents are relatively rare, because many places are now connected by bridges.

However, Naazik Majeed, a social activist in Kinniya, said that the bridge connecting the two towns has been closed for repairs, forcing people to use simple boats to cross the river.

Angry residents burned tires and surrounded government offices, blaming officials for the accident.

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