Six children drown

Six children, most of them members of  one  family, died after a country boat they were on capsized in Narani river in Malappuram district on Tuesday, DHNS reports from Thiruvananthapuram.

The incident happened at about 5 pm near Changarankulam.

The deceased, four of them girls, were identified as Praseena, Vaishna, Jenisha, Pooja, Adidev and Adinath.

Three others  -  two children and  an oarsman identified as Velayudhan  - were rescued by residents of the area.

Preliminary reports said the children, aged between eight and 15 years, included Velayudhan's relatives and neighbours.

The group was heading for a nearby stretch of the river where a bund had recently breached.

Velayudhan is admitted in a hospital in Thrissur. The condition of the rescued children was reported as stable.

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