Five members of the same family drowned in Gujarat’s Narmada Canal in Kutch district. According to the Kutch West Superintendent of Police, they died while attempting to save a woman from drowning in the Narmada canal at Gundala village in Mundra. While fetching water, the woman fell into the canal.
Saurabh Singh, Kutch West SP, said that the police have recovered all the bodies.
“Five family members drowned in the Narmada canal at Gundala village in Mundra. Police have recovered all dead bodies. The incident happened after family members jumped into the canal to save a woman who slipped into the canal while fetching water,” Kutch West SP Saurabh Singh told ANI.
The Narmada Canal transports water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat to Rajasthan. The main canal is 532 kilometres long, with 458 kilometres in Gujarat and 74 kilometres in Rajasthan.
Several reports have highlighted the threat that the Narmada Canal poses due to its slippery slopes and strong currents of water and algae that make even good swimmers struggle to navigate it.
According to an Ahmedabad Mirror report from January, approximately 55-60 bodies were recovered from the Narmada canal stretch between Vaishnodevi and Koba on the SG highway in 2021.