22 March 2019
Cuttack: In a series of unfortunate mishaps, several persons were reported to have drowned to death across the State following which a pall of gloom spread in many families on the happy occasion of Holi- The Festival of Colors.
In Sitakunda waterfall near Similipal forest range, four college students from Balasore had gone for a picnic on Holi. While taking a dip, 22-year-old Akshay Sharma among them slipped and drowned to death in the water body. His friends rushed him to Baripada hospital but doctors declared him dead.
In Cuttack, a 15-year-old student from Gopalpur drowned in Kathajodi river while taking bath after Holi celebrations. He was rescued in critical condition and rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital for treatment. However, the doctors declared him dead. The deceased has been identified as Satish Sahu, who had just appeared for his Matric exams.
Similarly in Titlagarh's Tela River, another youth of Gurujibhata village drowned to death while taking a bath after celebrating Holi.
Further in Jajpur, a youth identified as Niranjan Parminik (20) of Iswarpur under Sadar police limits drowned in Kharasrota River while taking a bath with friends after celebrating Holi. His body was rescued by fire services personnel after an intense search operation.