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Tragic Drowning Claims Lives of Siblings in Pipli, Sparking Community Grief and Safety Concerns

In the quaint village of Humar in Puri district, a heart-wrenching incident unfolded as two young lives were lost to the still waters of a local pond. The siblings, a nine-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl, the children of Shankar Rout, ventured too far, turning an innocent act of bathing into a tragedy that has since reverberated through the community, leaving a palpable sense of loss and a myriad of questions about safety in its wake.

The pond, located just behind their house, was a familiar spot for the siblings. Yet, familiarity did nothing to prevent the tragedy that occurred. As the children played and bathed, the unforeseen happened: both slipped beneath the surface, unseen until it was too late. Eyewitnesses, local residents who knew the children by sight if not by name, acted with haste, pulling the siblings from the water and alerting their family. Rushed to the Delanga Community Health Centre, hope was met with despair as doctors pronounced the children dead, a finality that was both abrupt and devastating.

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