Police reported that five persons had been drowning while bathing in the river last evening (05), and that two of them including a small boy were rescued by residents in the area. They were later admitted to the Gampola Hospital.
However, one person had drowned to death while two more, a 20-year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter, are reported missing.
The deceased has been identified as a 20-year-old resident of Mapanawathura Passage, Kandy.
Police lifeguards, navy divers and residents in the area are continuing search operations to locate the missing persons.
Peradeniya Police is conducting further investigations.