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Indian family drowns trying to take selfie in river

Indian family drowns trying to take selfie in river

A family outing to a dam in India ended in tragedy on Sunday after four people drowned after trying to take a selfie, according to multiple reports.

According to CNN, the new bride died along with her family members Sneha, 22, Kanniga, 20, and Santosh, 14.

Newlywed V. Nivedha, 20, and her husband, 24-year-old G. Perumalsamy, were visiting relatives along with his sister one month after their wedding, The Hindu Times reported.

The dead were among a group of six who held hands and stood in waist deep water near Pambar dam before one of them slipped, pulling the others.

India has the highest number of recorded deaths linked to selfies in the world, followed by Russian Federation, the US and Pakistan. They recommend "no selfie" areas in tourist zones, especially places with water bodies or mountain peaks, and at sites with tall buildings. The highest number of selfie deaths was reported in India, followed by Russian Federation, the United States, and Pakistan.

More news: Family calls for outside look at witness' death

In May three teens taking photos on a railway track in Haryana state jumped onto a second track when they saw an approaching train, not realising another train was coming, and were crushed to death.

In 2017, the state of Karnataka launched a campaign to warn that "selfies can kill" after four students died in two incidents linked to selfies. Most of the victims - around 72 percent - were men and under the age of 30.

Selfies have grown a more critical trend, with a 2018 study issued in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care reporting that more than 250 people died while taking selfies from October 2011 to November 2017.

The authors note that a significant number of such deaths go unreported in developing nations, so it's quite likely that many countries - particularly on the African continent - may have more selfie deaths, with young people and tourists most at risk.

India is something of a hot-spot for selfie deaths, according to an investigation into the phenomenon previous year.


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