Bhubaneswar: In a very tragic mishap, two girls drowned in the Paika River at Saphipur under the Mahal Haat police outpost in Cuttack district early this morning.
The two deceased girls were identified as Sujata and Suman of Saphipur village on the Jagatsinghpur district border.
According to reports, Sujata and Suman had gone to pluck flowers on the river bank when they slipped into the river, which is in full spate now. The girls were washed away in river current soon.
Other girls who were plucking flowers for the Maa Khudurikuni puja started shouting for rescuing the girls. However, they had died before they were rescued by some village youths. A pal of gloom has descended in the village following the tragic incident.