Villager Drowns, Another Goes Missing While Fishing In River In Odisha’s Balangir

Balangir: A man drowned while another went missing while fishing in a river in Odisha’s Balangir on Thursday.

According to sources, Golekh Podha, Pramod Podha and Rajani Podha of Pipilipali village under Agalpur block of the district had gone for fishing in Kulari river at around 11 am. While they were fishing, the water level of the river suddenly went up due to heavy rain in the catchment areas.

All three of them were washed away by the sudden gush of water and started crying for help. The villagers rushed to rescue them. On being informed, the Fire Brigade also arrived at the spot.

After a frantic search, Golekh and Rajani were found and sent to the community health centre at Agalpur. But the doctors of the hospital declared Golekh brought dead. He was suspected to have died due to drowning. Rajani was undergoing treatment.

Pramod has gone missing in the river despite the search of Fire personnel and the villagers. The search operation went on till evening but he was not traced, the sources said.

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