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Four members of Indian family drown while trying to take selfie

09 October 2019

Four more deaths in India have been linked to selfie-taking after members from the same family fell while taking the photo at a dam in Tamil Nadu on Sunday.

The 20-year-old woman, identified as V. Nivedha, and her husband G. Perumalsamy, 24, were visiting relatives in Uthangarai in the state of Tamil Nadu over the weekend, The Hindu newspaper reported.

The incident took place at Pambar dam in the southern state, according to S Prabhakar, a senior police official from the district of Krishnagiri.

The surviving man, a 25-year-old named only as Prabhu by the Times of India and PTI, had been married to his wife, Niveditha, for just a month.

The US National Library of Medicine recorded 259 deaths in the country between 2011 and 2017, with Russian Federation and Pakistan in second and third place.

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"They wanted to take a selfie at this spot on the dam and they slipped", Prabhakar told CNN.

Indian couple Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, fell to their deaths while taking a selfie in the Yosemite National Park previous year.

The three went into the water taking along with them three teenage siblings.

The bodies of the deceased were recovered immediately. It was followed by Russian Federation, the United States and Pakistan. The study found that more than 85 percent of the victims were between the ages of 10 and 30, he said.

A study of such deaths published last year found India with almost half of the 259 confirmed cases across six years, but they also were reported in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

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Authorities have now started to implement "no-selfie" zones in high-risk areas.

He also noted that although the act of taking a selfie isn't unsafe, it becomes so when people take risks to get the flawless shot.

Researchers noted that the leading cause of selfie-related death was due to drowning.

"About three-fourth of selfie deaths occurred in males".

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Four members of Indian family drown while trying to take selfie