Khurda: Two minor girls drowned while bathing in a pond at Bagachara village under Basta police station in Balasore district today.
The deceased have been identified as Barsa Parmanika and Mama Jena.
The mishap occurred when the two girls went to take a bath in the village pond this afternoon. They slipped into the deep water.
As they did not return for a long time, their guardians started searching them. Later the bodies of the two kids were seen floating in the pond. A pall of gloom descended on the village.