MP: Death toll in Chambal river drowning tragedy mounts to five; two missing

Updated: Mar 19 2023 7:27PM

Morena (MP), Mar 19 (PTI) The death toll in the Chambal river drowning accident in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh rose to five on Sunday with the recovery of three more bodies, while two boys are still missing, a police officer said. The tragedy struck a group of 17 pilgrims on Saturday morning when they were crossing the river on their way to a temple in neighbouring Rajasthan. While two persons had drowned, five others had gone missing. "Bodies of three women were recovered from the Chambal river on Sunday, which raised the death toll to five. Two persons, including a 12-year-old boy and a 17-year-old, are still missing," police inspector Dharmendra Malviya told PTI over the phone.

The deceased women are identified as Rukmani (24), Alopa Bai (45), and Rashmi (19).

He said the bodies were fished out from the river by divers of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force with the help of local people.