Five children die in drowning accident

Five children drowned on Sunday while fishing in Cà Lồ River which passes through Việt Long Commune in Hà Nội’s Sóc Sơn District.

Local authorities and residents fish out the bodies of the five students who drowned in Cà Lồ River in Hà Nội’s Sóc Sơn District. – Photo

Nguyễn Ngọc Chuyền, chairman of the Việt Long Commune, said relevant authorities and local residents rushed to the scene as soon as they were informed of the incident.

However, all the students were already dead when they were brought out of the water.

The victims were identified as Nguyễn Văn Thêm, 9, Nguyễn Trung Thực, 11, Nguyễn Thiện Nhân, 5, Nguyễn Văn Sứng, 13 and Nguyễn Minh Hợp, 13. Thực and Nhân are siblings.

A deeper investigation is underway.

According to a report from the Health Environment Management Agency under the Ministry of Health, the number of children and teenagers dying from accidents is increasing.

As many as 6,600 people aged between 0 and 19 years die of accidents in Việt Nam every year. Drowning is currently the top of cause of death among children in Việt Nam, with 3,500 dying of water-related accidents, the report said.

Drowning deaths are mostly seen among children aged between 0 and 4 years (36 per cent), while 25 per cent are seen in those aged from 5 to 9 years, and 26 per cent are in the age group of 10-14 years. In particular, fatalities among boys are three times higher than among the girls.

Source VNA

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