Selfie obsession turns deadly as teenager falls in Kanakund waterfall in Odisha

by Subhechcha Ganguly
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Somesh clambered over one of the rocks to take a selfie out of excitement. He reportedly lost his balance and fell into the nearby river, according to sources. The obsession with taking selfies has frequently gotten people into difficulties and sometimes resulted in deaths. Somesh Mallick of Rourkela Sector-14 had no idea that his obsession with taking selfies would eventually claim his life.

Three of Mallick’s pals and he had travelled to the well-known Kanakund picnic area near Ghoghar in the Talsara police district of Sundargarh.They were having fun taking group and selfie photos. Somesh clambered over one of the rocks to take a selfie out of excitement. He reportedly lost his balance and fell into the nearby river, according to sources. His companions and other travellers conducted a fruitless search. After being notified, a group of firefighters arrived at the scene to conduct a search. Until this report’s filing, the search was still going on.At the well-known picnic area in Kanakund, a fatal tragedy like this has happened before. The waterfall draws a large number of visitors each year and is prone to accidents like these.

A video of a young girl taking a photo on some riverside rocks and then falling into the water went viral the previous year. When she slipped and fell into the river, she was trying to take selfies while standing on a stone in the riverbed.The authorities has failed to rein in tourists’ dangerous movements despite several incidences of this nature. According to locals, minimising the incidence of unintentional fatalities in the grand canyon of Odisha would be greatly aided by the identification of hazardous zones and the prevention of tourists from visiting them.

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