|Photos of the children who drowned in a tragic incident in Bắc Giang Province’s Đông Lỗ Commune. – Photo baobacgiang.com.vn|Viet Nam News
BẮC GIANG — Five children drowned in the northern province of Bắc Giang’s Hiệp Hòa District yesterday, local official have confirmed.
According to a report from the police in Đông Lỗ Commune, the incident occurred yesterday afternoon when six local children, aged 12, went to the field near the river in Hưng Đạo Village with the cattle.
Feeling hot, two children jumped into the river, but they were unable to stay afloat in the deep water.
Three remaining children tried to rescue the other two but drowned as well, the local police said.
One child ran to call for help but it was too late.
The local and provincial authorities and other organisations have mobilised the residents and offered financial support of VNĐ10 million (some US$450) to each victim’s family.
Earlier, on Sunday, three children in the central province of Ninh Thuận’s Phước Thuận Commune drowned in the Dinh River.
The tragic incidents have raised alarms on the severity of the problem once the hot summer months get underway.
Children must be taught swimming to prevent unfortunate accidents. — VNS