Malkanigiri: In a tragic incident, a minor girl and her minor cousin brother drowned in a pond at Salimarikunda village under Kalimela block in Malkanigiri district today.
The deceased were identified as Bibek Madakami (6) and Rina Padiami (5).
The unfortunate incident took place when both had gone to the pond to take bath. While bathing they slipped into deep water and drowned. Family members searched them in various places and later found them floating in the water body.
They with the help of villagers fished out them and rushed to Kalimela hospital where doctor declared them brought dead.
A pall of gloom has descended in the village following the incident.