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Medical student from Andhra dies after getting stuck in frozen Kyrgyzstan waterfall

The 20-year-old Dasari Chandu went to Kyrgyzstan a year ago to pursue a medical degree. He went to visit the waterfall with other students but unfortunately got trapped in the ice, leading to his death.

Edited By: Aveek Banerjee @AveekABanerjee Visakhapatnam Updated on: April 23, 2024 16:21 IST
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Visakhapatnam: A medical student from Andhra Pradesh died after getting trapped at a frozen waterfall in Kyrgyzstan. The student was identified as Dasari Chandu, 20, who hailed from the Anakapalli district and was pursuing an MBBS from a university in Kyrgyzstan.

According to reports, Chandu went to a waterfall on Sunday with other students, all from Andhra Pradesh, at the end of the exams at the university where he was studying and entered the waterfall. However, things quickly turned tragic when Chandu got trapped in the ice and could not survive. His body was later recovered from the frozen waterfall.

Chandu was the second son of Bhima Raju, a halwa seller in Andhra Pradesh. His family has appealed to the Indian government to bring back his mortal remains from Kyrgyzstan. Anakapalli MP B Venkata Satyavathi also brought the issue to the notice of Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy.

The Union Minister spoke to officials in the Indian embassy in Kyrgyzstan and requested them for assistance in sending Chandu's remains to India, according to Satyavathi.

Two Indian students die in US

In a separate incident, two Indian students were killed after a head-on traffic collision near Lake Pleasant in Arizona, United States, according to police. The two deceased students have been identified as Nivesh Mukka, 19, and Goutham Parsi, 19, both hailing from Telangana and studying at the Arizona State University.

According to the Peoria Police, the fatal traffic collision occurred around 6:18 pm on April 20, when they responded to a report of a collision on Castle Hot Springs Road, just north of State Route 74. The multiple-vehicle collision involved two vehicles -- a white 2024 Kia Forte and a red 2022 Ford F150 -- that had collided head-on.

Mukka and Parsi "died from their injuries on (the) scene", while the driver of the car in which they were travelling was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and has since been released. The other car's driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was also taken to a local hospital with serious injuries and has been released, the statement said.

The Arizona State University said the International Students and Scholars Centre is working with the dean of students, counselling services and housing representatives to identify the student groups, friends and roommates of the victims so that they can offer any needed support.

(with inputs from agencies)

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