A proposal made by Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to pay compensations for victims as Rs. 100,000/- for a deceased person and Rs. 20,000/- for an injured person, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Several people were killed after a boat with pilgrims overturned at sea off Katukurunda on Sunday.
The police said that 12 people were confirmed dead and several others were admitted to hospital following the incident. (Colombo Gazette)