People thronged water bodies in the state on Monday for ‘Boita Bandana’ – the annual maritime festival recalling the glorious tradition of Odia sailors going on sea voyages to trade. Lakhs of miniature boats of different shapes and sizes made up of banana stems, thermocols and cardboards decorated with flowers, diyas, incense sticks and fruits were floated in waterbodies.
Four children drowned during the festivities. Sources said Rabindra Jena of Baunsadia village in Bahanaga block and girl from Chotakanpur village in Nilagiri block, both in Balasore district, drowned in different waterbodies
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