Botched selfie escalates to draining of reservoir

Jun 1, 2023

Alex Baker

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Botched selfie escalates to draining of reservoir

Jun 1, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Botched selfie escalates to draining of reservoir

A government official in India found himself in troubled waters recently after a failed attempt at taking a selfie went from bad to worse. Rajesh Vishwas was allegedly taking a photograph of himself at the Kherkatta Dam in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh when he managed to drop his phone into the reservoir.

The food inspector was apparently so distraught at losing his $1,200 Samsung that his first reaction was to call in local divers. The divers, however, were unable to locate the device. Fearing that there was sensitive data stored on the phone, Vishwas sought permission to drain the reservoir in order to look for it.

According to the BBC news, Vishwas said he had verbal permission from an official to drain “some water into a nearby canal”, adding that the official said it “would in fact, benefit the farmers who would have more water”.

The pump ran for several days, emptying out roughly 440,000 gallons of water before the phone was located. By that point, of course, the phone was completely waterlogged and damaged beyond repair.

Meanwhile, Vishwas’ superiors had caught wind of the shenanigans at the reservoir and promptly suspended him for wasting water. “He has been suspended until an inquiry. Water is an essential resource, and it cannot be wasted like this,” Priyanka Shukla, a Kanker district official, said.

Water resources are valuable in countries such as India. It experienced its hottest March on record earlier this year, and with the El Niño weather effect, the country is predicting a high possibility of drought conditions later in 2023.

This is one example when putting the device in rice isn’t going to fix things.

[Via Digital Trends]

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3 responses to “Botched selfie escalates to draining of reservoir”

  1. The Environmentalist Avatar
    The Environmentalist

    Perfect. When environmental awareness and IT expertise meet politics. Let’s first bother a bunch of divers and then drain an entire water reservoir to salvage an Android smartphone that most likely has system encryption switched on or other means of protecting sensitive data as you would expect from a responsible politician, shall we?

    1. Benjamin Avatar
      Benjamin

      Yea, complete brain damage xD But, I gotta say, the battery of the device ain’t good for the water quality and the environment either.

      1. Michael Elliott Avatar
        Michael Elliott

        Yeah but 440,000 gallons of water is a lot of dilution for one phone. The effect of wasting all that water to retrieve that device is far greater than that, even if that were the overriding concern of this official, which it wasn’t. He probably didn’t want his porn stash discovered.