Two men died near Alekan falls near Charmadi Ghats in Chikmagalur district in Karnataka while another couple was washed away by a giant wave in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu in two separate incidents while taking selfies.
In Karnataka the incident happened on Monday afternoon when one of the men tried to take a selfie near the falls.
The deceased, Nagabhushana (28), an ambulance driver and Hanumantappa (34), who runs a mess at Chitradurga district slipped into a 250 feet gorge, reported The Times of India.
Banakal police said that the duo had come along with three others. They traveled from Chitradurga in a car to visit Subramanya, Dharmastala in Dakshina Kannada district and other religious places. The incident happened when they were returning home, reportedDaijiworld.
Around 1:30pm, they stopped near the falls. Nagabhushan who tried to take a selfie reportedly slipped and fell into the gorge. Hanumnatappa, who tried to save him slipped into the gorge too.
Once they were alerted, the police arranged for expert swimmers to save the duo, but they had died by then.
In the other incident on Sunday, Umar Sherief (42) of Valliyankadu in Tirupur district, was taking a selfie with his wife Fatima Beevi (40) in Sanguthurai beach in Kanyakumari. Sherief’s wife first got swept into the sea by a giant wave. When he tried to rescue her, he also got washed away in the process.
Sherief’s friend Jaffer Saddique managed to pull out the former and his wife from the sea but both of them perished.
According to a Washington Post report in January 2016, more than half the number of selfie related deaths around the world happened in India. Earlier this year, Mumbai created no-selfie zones in the city to combat the problem.