Thiruvananthapuram (Agencies): In an unfortunate incident, four kindergarten children and a woman attender of the school died as a van fell into a canal at Chakkai area in the city on Thursday, police said.

The condition of another child was stated to be very serious, police sources said.

The children and the woman were taken out from the Parvathi Puthanar canal by local rescuers and taken to the hospital immediately where they were declared dead.

According to the driver of the van, nine children and a woman attender of the school were on board.

Search is on to confirm if any more children are trapped in the muddy bed of the canal grown with thick weeds.

The children were on their way to a private school in Pettah region. All of them were LKG and UKG students.