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Ferry capsizes in Sri Lanka; at least 6 dead

COLOMBO (AP) — A navy spokesperson says a ferry capsized Tuesday in eastern Sri Lanka, killing at least six people.

Sri Lankan police and navy life savers attend the rescue work following a ferry capsized in Kinniya, about 267 kilometres east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mangalanath Liyanaarachchi)

Twelve people have been rescued, navy spokesperson Capt. Indika de Silva said. The number of people on board the ferry wasn’t immediately clear.

Four children were among the dead, according to a policeman and a hospital worker who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.

The ferry was traveling from Kurinchakeni to the town of Kinniya along the country’s eastern coast and about 260 kilometers (160 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, the navy spokesperson said.

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