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A 23-year-old individual from Badulla was killed this morning after being electrocuted while trying to cut down a tree branch.

Police Media Unit said the victim had been up on a tree at a house belonging to a relative of his and trying to cut down a branch, when the branch had come into contact with a 33000 Watt power line situated near the tree. The victim had been killed instantly.

Meanwhile, another individual who had climbed the tree in an attempt to save the victim had sustained serious injuries after falling from the tree. He has been admitted to the Badulla hospital for treatment. The body of the victim is also at the Badulla hospital pending a post-mortem examination. Badulla police are investigating.