Police have been able to recover bodies of 5 individuals who had drowned in the Thissamaharama reservoir this evening when their boat had capsized.
According to the Thissamaharama police further operations are underway to recover the bodies of the rest of the victim.
The Police Media Unit noted that a total of 22 persons had been on board during the time of the incident.
The group had consisted of employees attached to a company which produces steel mesh in the Homagama area, who were on a pilgrimage to the Katharagama area.
An individual who is said to be in serious condition following the drowning is receiving treatment at the Thissamaharama hospital.
Moreover several persons among the group had been under the influence of intoxicants, during the time of the incident.