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Belagavi bans clicking selfies close to Gokak waterfalls

In view of the recent unfortunate incidents, the Belagavi administration of Karnataka and the police have placed a ban on clicking selfies close to the famous Gokak waterfalls.

Gokak waterfalls has witnessed many deaths in the past few years due to the selfie craze. With the River Ghataprabha flowing in full spate due to the rains, the Gokak waterfalls are a sight to behold.

Thousands of tourists from across the state and neighbouring states are visiting the spot and enjoying the famed waterfalls of 581 ft width falling into a 171 ft gorge.
With the increasing footfall, it is becoming increasingly difficult to the local authorities and police to control the crowd.

Some of these tourists go to the edge of the waterfalls and take selfies. Many have fallen into the gorge after slipping from the edge. Despite this, the selfie craze has not declined.

According to police department sources, on an average, 12-15 people including youths and women die in Gokak waterfalls annually. Some die by accident, while many commit suicide at this waterfall, reports TOI.

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