5 persons who went pluck lotus flowers in Periyakulam in Nilaveli Police area of Trincomalee were drowned when their capsized in the muddy waters of that tank. 4 of them were children under 9 years.
They have gone there to offer pongal at that Kulam, said the police. 4 children, Suresh Kesigraj ( aged 9), Suresh Yuthesan(7 years) of the same family and Suganthan Piranavi(7 years), Thangaththurai Sagavi (9 years) and the boatman, Tharumalingam Thankaththurai are persons killed in this boat misshape.
While they plucking the flowers the boat turned upside down in the muddy water. Although the relatives rushed to the spot they were unable to save the children. Recovered corpses were taken to Nilavelly hospital. Nilavelly area is drowned in sorrow due to this incident. The death had badly affected the Nilavelli people.