Five youth drowned in Nawalapitiya, in the Mahaweli river today, the police media unit said.
The police said that the five youth had drowned while bathing near a suspension bridge.
The youth were dragged down by strong currents and drowned, the police media unit said.
A group of 12 people had gone to Adams Peak today and while returning to Gampola they had decided to go for a swim.
The police said that the victims were aged between 25 and 30 years.