The section of the river where the incident of three drowning children happened. — Photo thanhnien.vn
Viet Nam News
NINH THUẬN – The local authority in the central province of Ninh Thuận’s Phước Thuận Commune has confirmed the deaths of three children who drowned in the Dinh River.
The incident occurred yesterday afternoon when five local children, aged 14-15, went swimming in the river, Nguyễn Đức Thuận, chairman of the communal People’s Committee, said.
Two of the children stayed on the bank to look after the clothes while three others went in and soon after slipped in a deep part of the river, some two metres from the bank, he said, adding that by the time the locals reached the river to rescue the children, it was too late.
Locals said this section of the river was not so deep previously, so people could swim here in the summer. However, regular sand exploitation being carried out recently by enterprises on the river bank had caused dangerous and deep holes, they said.
The local authority has mobilised the residents and offered financial support of VNĐ2.5 million (about US$110) to each victim’s family. — VNS