SYLHET: Two cousins drowned in a pond of Sheikh village in Sylhet’s Gopalganj upazila on Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Tashkia Akhtar, 7, of Rakhalganj in the upazila and her cousin Faiza Akhtar, 5, of Sunampur.
Moinuddin, a member of Vadeshwar Union Parishad of the upazila, said the duo came to visit their maternal grandfather’s home on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr.
“They slipped into the water body while playing near the bank of it in the afternoon,” he added.
Later, family members spotted them floating in the water body and took them to the Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared them dead.
Officer-in-charge of Golapganj police station, Rafiqul Islam said police were sent to the spot around 4 pm upon receiving the information.
A pall of gloom descended on the village following the tragic incident.