|A police searches for the boy in Đồng Nai river after he went missing. – VNA/VNS Photo Sỹ Tuyên|Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI – The body of a boy who was washed down a flooded sewer in southern Đồng Nai Province on Wednesday night was found on Thursday evening.
Nguyễn Tấn Trường, 11, was washed away, on the way back home from school. He fell down an open sewer while he was bending down to pick up his sandal. He was washed down the sewer to Ông Hường spring and then to the Đồng Nai river.
Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thiện Tân Commune, Thái Mã Thành, said his body was discovered at the Đồng Nai river section near Tân Uyên boat station in Tân Uyên commune, around 7km from where he went missing.
Relevant authorities and his family confirmed the body was of Trường.
Uncovered manholes have become a threat to pedestrians in Việt Nam. Many streets are found unpaved, with manhole covers removed for construction projects with no fences or warning signs.This is not the first life that an uncovered manhole has claimed in Việt Nam.
Last October, an eight-year-old boy from southern Bình Dương Province’s Dĩ An Town was swept into a manhole on Street No. 4, following prolonged heavy rainfall that flooded the province’s streets, according to witnesses. His body was discovered two days later, 3km from where he went missing.
In the same month, a man died after falling down a manhole while rushing towards a bus on Kinh Dương Vương Street, HCM City, Bình Tân District. The manhole he fell into was open as the cover had been removed for a road reconstruction project.
In 2014, two boys died after they fell down manholes in Bình Dương Province. – VNS