|The manmade pit at the construction site where the siblings drowned. — Photo infonet.vn|
HÀ TĨNH — Two children drowned in a manmade pit in the central province of Hà Tĩnh on Monday, the first fatal incident reported after Talas storm hit the central region.
The bodies of siblings, Nguyễn Văn Hoàng, 9, and Nguyễn Văn Đạt, 8, were pulled out of a pit that had been dug for an ongoing toilet construction inside Cẩm Hưng Primary School, in the province’s Cẩm Hưng Commune.
Witnesses said they had seen the two children playing with their friends near the pit, which was unfenced and exposed. The siblings are believed to have slipped and fallen as the ground around it was muddy and slippery.
Nguyễn Đình Hùng, a security official in Cẩm Hưng Commune, said the other children playing with the victims shouted for help and alerted the adults too late.
The pit is about one metre deep and had no water in it before the storm, which filled it up. — VNS