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Four people drown in Hanoi pond
  • |, LD | July 03, 2017 05:00 PM
Four people, including two students drowned in a pond in Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District on July 2.

On the afternoon of July 2, three pupils from Ninh So Secondary School came to bath in a local pond. Two drowned while a third survived after treatment in hospital.


The pond where the incident happens

Two local young men jumped into the pond to save the struggling boys, but they also drowned.

The pond located in So Ha Village often attracts many children who come to swim every summer.

The World Health Organisation has reported that drowning is the leading cause of death in Vietnam among children aged five to 14.

The Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has said the number of children drowning in Vietnam is 10 times higher than in other developing countries. The country experiences an average of 3,500-4,000 drowning deaths annually.

Though Vietnam boasts 3,260km of coastline and many rivers and lakes, swimming is only taught as an extra-curricular activity or at courses outside schools.

A recent survey by the department found only 35% of children in the Mekong Delta and 10% in the Red River Delta can swim. The rate of children who can swim in cities is lower than in rural areas.

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