Two Girls in Punjab Untraced After Drowning in Canal While Taking Selfie

Two girls at District Gurdaspur in Punjab got swept away in the canal water while clicking selfies, recently. The girls who had met with the tragedy is still untraced and the phone they used for taking selfie also couldn’t be retrieved as of now.

The two victims have been identified as Nisha (18) and Lovepreet Kaur (19) who early morning went near the Sathiali canal at Kahnuwan in Gurdaspur, Punjab when the tragedy took place. As per the police, these two girls were locals and had gone for the morning walk at around 7 am near the canal along with another 14-year-old girl. 

How two girls in Punjab canal got swept away while clicking selfie

While taking the selfie, the mobile phone of Nisha slipped into the water of the canal. The girl then went near water to get her mobile phone back but she herself fell into the water and got washed away with the swift water current in the canal. To save Nisha, Lovepreet Kaur also dived into the water but she too got swept away. 

Rescue operation to find two girls who drowned in Punjab canal is still on

On learning that the two girls fell into the water and being washed off by the current, the third girl accompanying them went back home to inform them about the incident, immediately. It was then the family of the victim informed the police. Till the filing of this tragedy, divers were looking for the bodies of the two victims but couldn’t trace them. Even, divers from the Army are still on the job of looking out for girls’ body in water. The authorities say that they will keep looking for the victims’ bodies during night hours too.

Now when the tragedy has taken place, the Gurdaspur district administration has directed the concerned authorities to reduce the water flow into the canal.

Word of caution for all

This is not the first time when such an incidence of youths being washed away by the rapid currents of river or canal water has taken place in India. In the past also many such tragedies have occurred when youth who in adventure enter the river or any water body and fail to survive from their unpredictable death. It is advisable to all of you reading this article that do not go in or near any river or even a dried up rivulet during monsoon season as it may become fatal, especially in hilly areas or in the valley. All the water bodies are unpredictable during monsoon and swell up with a wink of an eye, without giving you any time to save your lives.

We wish may God give the strength to the family of the two girls to drowned in Punjab canal to bear with their loss.


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Yamini S. Verma

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