Thirty-two women were injured when the boat they were travelling in capsized in TS Canal at Chavara at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday.
The women, workers attached to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme at Panmana grama panchayat, were going to clear the shrubbery at a mining area of Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited.
They had boarded the boat from the Kannittakadavu ferry point along TS Canal. The waves created by a speedboat resulted in the boat losing balance and it capsized. As the women on the boat cried out for help, women on the shore rushed to their rescue, but some of them fell into the canal.
Soon, local residents joined in the rescue operations. The police and personnel from the Fire and Rescue Services Department rushed to the spot and rescued the women. Labour Minister Shibu Baby John, who is the local MLA, visited the women admitted to various hospitals.