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A 25 year-old man drowned in Umiam river near Dwarksuid bridge in Ri Bhoi district around 11:25 on Thursday.
Sources identified the deceased as Reno Thawmuid from Mawklot, Upper Shillong in East Khasi Hills district.
Thawmuid was a labourer in the construction of the new steel bridge at Dwarksuid Bridge in Bhoirymbong, and the incident occurred while he was trying to cross the Umiam river on a makeshift bamboo bridge.
Sources also stated that onlookers tried to help the youth but failed.
The body was later retrieved and taken to Bhoirymbong CHC.
However, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), on receiving information about the incident, informed Ri Bhoi police who rushed to the spot.
Police have also launched an investigation into the matter.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)