The heartbroken father of an 11-year-old girl from St Albans who died while after falling from a water ride while on a school trip has spoken for the first time since her tragic death.

Ivha Jannath, died while on the Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, on Tuesday.

Speaking for the first time since Evha’s death, dad Muhammed Suable Islam, 47, said she was a “happy, laughing girl”.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I loved my daughter too much, and she loved me too much.

“I have no tears left in my eyes because I have cried so much.

“She used to call me and I used to call her. I used to ask her if she had eaten, if she had gone to school, and if everyone around her loved her.”

Mr Islam, who is of Bangladeshi origin, lives in St Albans with the mother of Evha having moved out three years ago with her and her 19-year-old brother.

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It has since emerged that during the trip Evha bought a present for mum Musammath Nurun Naha after being given £10 pocket money.

A relative of Mr Islam also revealed how the family has struggled in the aftermath of Evha’s death and have questioned the response of staff at the theme park.

Speaking from Bangladesh, her uncle Abdul Habdi, the brother of Evha's mum, said: "We want to know how it happened - like if her clothing got caught or what were the circumstances.

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It is believed that Evha had stood up to change seats when she was jolted out of the ring boat

"My sister is unable to speak now. She is very upset.

"It's a very difficult time for our family. It's a critical situation.”

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Evha had to be airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead 

The theme park reopened following the tragedy on Saturday, but rides nearby the Splash Canyon attraction and the water ride itself were closed.

Officials from the Health and Safety Executive are currently working to establish the circumstances into her death.

An inquest into the death is expected to open next week, it is anticipated that a post-mortem examination will take place on Monday.