Toddler celebrating his birthday washed away by rainwater, body missing

A three-year-old girl in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh went missing last weekend after being washed into a river, according to authorities.

The girl, identified only as Shirin, was with her two cousins ​​and uncle when the scooter they were riding overturned near the Dwarkadhish temple in Mathura around 11pm on Saturday due to a downpour. reported the Times of India, citing police.

According to the newspaper, they had just celebrated their birthday at a restaurant.

Shirin’s cousins ​​aged 11 and 13 were able to get up, but the flow of rainwater at the time is said to have washed Shirin into the Yamuna River.

“Despite several hours of effort by the firefighting team at midnight on Saturday and thereafter on Sunday morning, her body could not be located,” Mathura Fire Department Officer NK Singh was quoted as saying by the outlet.

A search operation by divers and a team of firefighters had been initiated, Singh said.

Shirin’s disappearance came just days after police announced that three people had drowned in the Yamuna, NDTV reported.

The incident happened when worshipers of Durga dunked idols of the Hindu goddess into the river as part of a religious event.

According to India Today, five other boys drowned in the Yamuna River during a similar event in late August.

The river’s water level has recently passed the danger mark after unusual rains in north-west India.

Authorities evacuated more than 10,000 people from flooded areas to government schools, night shelters and tents set up on higher ground after the increased water levels, the Hindustan Times reported.

However, frequent flooding continues to affect the people living along the Yamuna.

“The extreme rains in the Indian Himalayas are just the latest in a series of events in South Asia that are being exacerbated by climate change,” said Harjeet Singh, head of global policy strategy at Climate Action Network International.

“We face melting glaciers in Nepal and Pakistan, rising seas in India and Bangladesh, and hurricanes and inhospitable temperatures across the region,” he said, according to an Associated Press report.

Climate change could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank said.

About 40.5 million people in South Asia, where India is located, are expected to be displaced.

Depiction. Water rescue personnel.Olzheim/Pixabay

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