Five women, all itinerant sugarcane cutters, drowned on Saturday morning in an irrigation pond in Ahmedpur tehsil, Latur district, Maharashtra, police said.
The incident happened in Tulshiram Tanda village around 8:30 a.m. as the victims were washing clothes in the pond, a Kingao police station official said.
One of the women slipped into the water and began to drown. Others tried to save her but they too drowned, he said.
The women were identified as Radhabai Dhondiba Aade (45), her daughters Diksha (20) and Kajal (19), all residents of Ramapurtanda in Palam tehsil of Parbhani district, and Sushma Sanjay Rathod (21) and Aruna Gangadhar Rathod (25) from Mojmabad Tanda in the same tehsil.
The women had been working in the sugar cane fields in Ahmedpur tehsil for five months, the police chief said.
Sugar cane cutting families usually migrate from their home districts to find work when the cane is harvested.
The incident came on the heels of a similar tragedy in Dombivli near Mumbai last week when five members of a family – two women and three children – drowned in a pond while washing clothes.
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