Three cousins drowned in a pond at Kalaiya union in Patuakhali's Baufal upazila yesterday afternoon.
The bodies of the three girls were recovered from the pond at Karpurkathi village around 6:30pm yesterday, our Patuakhali correspondent reports, quoting Kalaiya Union Parishad Chairman SM Faisal Ahmed Monir Hossain Mollah.
The deceased are Mahfuza Begum (15), Marium Begum (15) and Maria Begum (11).
Of them, Mahfuza, a 10th grader of Mansuria Dakhil Madrasa, is the daughter of Abdur Razzak Khan while Marium and Maria, students of class 10 and 6 of Kalaiya Rabbania Fazil Madrasa respectively, are daughters of Razzak's brother Mokhlesur Rahman.
According to the family, the three went to bathe in the pond near their house yesterday afternoon.
Family members began searching for them as they did not return home in the evening.
Later, family found the bodies of the cousins floating in the pond.
None of them knew how to swim, the relatives said.