Selfie slip leaves four dead at India dam

Newlywed bride V Nivedha, 20, died alongside family members Sneha, 22, Kanniga, 20, and Santosh, 14, who was the first to slip into the water, according to local police in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Her husband, G Perumalsamy, 25, survived and managed to save his 15-year-old sister Yuvarani Perumalsamy.

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India has recorded the highest number of selfie deaths of any country in the world, according to a 2018 study.

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

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

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“The water level increased while they were there.”

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The bodies of the deceased were recovered immediately.

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Some 259 people worldwide died while taking selfies from October 2011 to November 2017, according to a study published in India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

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They found that the most selfie deaths occurred in India, followed by Russia, the US and Pakistan. Most of the victims — around 72% — were men and under the age of 30.

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India accounted for more than half the global total, with 159 reported selfie deaths since 2011. Researchers attributed the high number to the country’s enormous population of people under 30.

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The issue has drawn the attention of authorities, which have taken to implementing no-selfie zones in areas deemed high risk.

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