Bhubaneswar: Three girls from Odisha – Purnima Giri (16) and her cousin sister Sabita Giri (15) of Nipania village in Kendrapara district and Shrimati Badra (10) of Angul will be conferred with the prestigious Indian Council for Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Award 2019 on the eve of the Republic Day.

Purnima and Sabita will get the award for saving the lives of 12 people from drowning during a boat capsize incident happened near their village on January 2 last year. Similarly, Shrimati will also get the prestigious award for saving her friend from a train accident.

The ICCW on Tuesday announced the list of children selected for the National Bravery Awards-2019.

On the day of the incident, Purnima and Sabita had heard screaming of some people near their house in the evening. They had immediately reached the spot and jumped into the river to save people from the capsized boat.

Notably, a mechanized boat carrying more than 50 people had capsized near Nipania village under Mahakalapada police station in Kendrapada district on January 2 when it was returning after spending their time at the Hukitola Island. At least 10 people, including seven children, were killed in the accident.

Srimati was given the ICCW Prahalada Award for helping her friend who lost her right leg in a train accident.

On November 27, 2018, she along with Pramila Munda was crossing the railway track to return to their house in a slum. While they were crossing the track, a stationary goods train suddenly started moving. While Srimati managed to cross the track Pramila fell down on the track and lost her right leg and shouted for help. Srimati pulled Pramila out of the track and ran 300 metres up to her residence carrying her severely injured friend.

Later the injured girl was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where Pramila was operated upon and her leg below the knee was amputated.

President Ram Nath Kovind will give away the award.