Three Indian-origin Phoenix residents drown after falling into a frozen lake in Arizona, reports AP


Associated Press (AP) has reported that authorities in northern Arizona have found the bodies of two men a day after they fell through ice while walking on a frozen lake. According to AP, a woman walking with them also died after plunging into the frigid water. All three are Indian-origin residents of Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, AZ.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Tuesday that searchers located the bodies of 49-year-old Narayana Muddana and 47-year-old Gokul Mediseti. They also identified their female companion as Haritha Muddana. Her age was not immediately known.

According to AP’s reporting, authorities said deputies at the Forest Lakes Substation responded on Monday afternoon to reports that a woman and two men fell through ice while walking on Woods Canyon Lake.

“Deputies and firefighters were able to find Haritha Muddana and pull her from the water. Despite administering life-saving measures, she was pronounced dead,” AP reported.

According to CNN, at least 52 storm-related deaths have been reported across several states in the United States, including New York, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin. Snowfall in Buffalo city of New York reached 100 inches by Tuesday morning, making it the fastest the city has ever witnessed.

More than half of the season’s record-pace snowfall has come since Friday and it is already the third snowiest December on record. According to flight tracking site FlightAware, around 3,000 flights within, into or out of the US were cancelled as of Tuesday afternoon while 3,809 were delayed, as per the CNN report.

Peter Anderson, the press secretary for Erie County Executive C Poloncarz said that the firefighter teams in Buffalo, New York, have been facing challenges in tackling flames due to weather conditions, as per the CNN report. According to Anderson, at least 31 people have been displaced due to the fire in Buffalo.

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