"PM condoles the loss of lives in the Andamans boat tragedy and sanctions an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased," the Prime Minister's office said in a comment on Twitter.

At least 21 people were killed when an over-crowded tourist boat with 43 people on board capsized in the Andaman Sea near Port Blair.

One person was reported still missing. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, however, placed the toll at 28.


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