Report by Nishapati Nayak; Bhubaneswar: Expressing his deep condolence over the death of the four children, who died after drowning in Kolab Reservoir in Lamtaput area of Koraput district yesterday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia each on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the state government would provide Rs 4 lakh compensation each for the kin of the deceased kids.
Notably, four children including two siblings of Parjakhudbi village died after drowning in Kolab Reservoir yesterday.
The deceased were identified as Padu Bhoi’s son Susant Bhoi (2) and daughter Laxmi Bhoi (9), Chaitanya Bhoi’s son Sanjay (7) and Bholu Majhi’s daughter Sabita Majhi (8).
According to reports, Padu Bhoi had gone to work in the paddy filed close to the reservoir. His children – Susant and Laxmi – had taken food for him. Their neighbours also accompanied them. Later, they went to take bath in the reservoir and died after drowning in the reservoir.
On being informed by Padu Bhoi, firefighters and some locals rushed to the spot and fished out the bodies of the children after a long search operation, informed Lamtaput Medical Officer Manas Dhal.
The bodies have been sent for postmortem and an investigation is on into the incident, Dhal added.
A pall of gloom descended on Parjakhudbi village and nearby villages following the unfortunate death of the kids.