A man and his 12-year-old daughter drowned after they fell into the Kumbukkan Oya in Pulasthipura while taking a selfie today.
Police said the 46-year-old man and his daughter who went to see the Kumbukkan Oya had fallen and had been swept away by the current near the Galwala Junction area.
The police, residents, police lifeguards, navy officers and volunteer divers immediately launched an operation to find the missing father and daughter.
The bodies of the drowned father and daughter were later found in the Paranagama area about two kilometers from the place where they had fallen into the Oya.
Police said the deceased are residents of Katthankudi and the father is a teacher in a school in Ongama.
The bodies have been deposited at the Polonnaruwa Hospital for post-mortem examinations and the Pulastipura Police are conducting further investigations.