|The pond in Đắk Đoa District, Gia Lai Province, where three girls drowned on Tuesday. — Photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
GIA LAI (VNS) – Gia Lai Province General Hospital today confirmed the death of a fifth-grade girl, raising the death toll of the drowning accident in Đắk Đoa District to three.
On Tuesday, five girls from Groi 2 village went over to a pond in the neighbouring Broch 2 village for a swim. Three of them, known as Thuôi, Lành and Đôi, drowned.
Lanh, a fifth grader, and 11-year-old Thuôi died at the scene while Doi was transported to Gia Lai General Hospital for emergency treatment. She later died at the hospital.
Drowning is one of the main causes of child death in Việt Nam.
In mid-April, nine sixth-grade schoolboys drowned while they were swimming in Trà Khúc River in the central Quảng Ngãi Province.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health revealed that on average, nine children died from drowning every day last year in Việt Nam. — VNS