17 February 2009
- Kottayam: Twelve Ayyappa devotees from Andhra Pradesh, including ten women were killed and 35 sustained injuries, five of them seriously, when the bus in which they were travelling overturned at Kanamala, near Pampa Valley (Erumely), Tuesday morning.
Police said here ten pilgrims died on the spot and two others on way to hospital.
The ill-fated bus was on its way to Sabarimala with the pilgrims.
The devotees hailed from various areas of West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh.The injured were admitted to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital.
Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran sanctioned Rs one lakh to each of the families of the deceased. He also visited the injured at the hospital.
Steps were being taken to identify the deceased and send the bodies to Andhra Pradesh after post-mortem at the Hospital, the District Collector said.