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Bihar: 22 Drown While Taking Bath During Jivitputrika Festival; CM Announces Rs 4 Lakh Compensation – News18


The drownings took place in the last 24 hours when a majority were bathing for Jivitputrika festival. (Representational image: PTI)

Among them were five girls aged between 15 and 20, who drowned near Bahiyara Ghat of Sone River in Bhojpur

Twenty-two people drowned while bathing in rivers and ponds in Bihar in separate incidents, officials said on Sunday. Among them were five girls aged between 15 and 20, who drowned near Bahiyara Ghat of Sone River in Bhojpur. One of them was swept by strong currents while taking a selfie while the four others tried to save her.

The incidents took place in the last 24 hours when a majority of them were bathing for Jivitputrika festival, during which women fast for the well-being of their children, they said.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar condoled the deaths and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each for the next of the kin of the deceased. โ€œFive have drowned in Bhojpur, four in Jehanabad, three each in Patna and Rohtas, two each in Darbhanga and Nawada, one each in Kaimur, Madhepura and Aurangabad in the last 24 hours,โ€ as per a statement issued by the chief ministerโ€™s office.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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