Deaths due to drowning in water bodies unabated
WATER BODIES have emerged as major threat to lives of excursionists with almost three-dozen persons dying annually as a result of drowning in various lakes and dams in and around the State Capital.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 15:03 IST
WATER BODIES have emerged as major threat to lives of excursionists with almost three-dozen persons dying annually as a result of drowning in various lakes and dams in and around the State Capital.
The latest tragedy was at Kerwa Dam where Smita, a final year engineering student, and her cousin got drowned on April 23. They were part of a group that had gone there for a picnic.
Taking cognisance of the mishaps in the water bodies, particularly the Kerwa Dam, Minister for Commerce and Industries Babulal Gaur has asked the Water Resources Department (WRD) to ensure security arrangements at the Kerwa Dam so as to check the incidents of drowning at this tourist spot near the State capital.
In a letter written to the Chief Engineer (WRD), Gaur has said that more people visit Kerwa Dam during the summer and as a result the mishaps frequently occur. “Every year several people get drowned while taking a swim in the dam and security measures should be taken to prevent such mishaps”.
Gaur further wrote that signboards regarding depth of water should be put up at various places within the dam so that the visitors could know the depth of water.
Besides, the former Chief Minister has asked for deploying divers with life jackets. He has also given directions to arrange for first-aid so that people could be saved.
Every year several people lose their lives in the water bodies in and around the State capital. Mostly people who visit the dams like Kalia Sot, Halali, Dahod, Kerwa and Upper Lake/Lower Lake to escape from the scorching summer heat misjudge the depth of water and get drowned.
Almost three-dozen people die as a result of drowning in Bhopal annually. In the most recent case a girl and her cousin drowned on April 23. The group of youths, mostly students of the final year of a private engineering college, had gone for a picnic at the Kerwa Dam when the girl ventured towards deep water.
She was the lone person in the group who could swim but still misjudged the depth of water and got drowned. In trying to save the girl, her cousin Virendra, who had accompanied her, also got drowned.
Last year over 30 persons had drowned in various water bodies. The figure was highest in Shamla Hills area (Upper Lake) where eight persons had died, in Ratibad area six persons died while Talaiya (Lower Lake) accounted for five deaths.
The remaining drowning-related mishaps were reported from Koh-e-Fiza, Kamla Nagar, Jehangirabad and some police stations of the outskirts.