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Two children drown in southern Vietnamese province over babysitter negligence

Saturday, November 21, 2020, 16:11 GMT+7
Two children drown in southern Vietnamese province over babysitter negligence
Children learn swimming in Vietnam. Photo: Truong Giang / Tuoi Tre

Two little children drowned in a pond in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong while their babysitter was doing house chores on Friday.

According to preliminary information, N.T.G, a 46-year-old woman from the southernmost province of Ca Mau and living in Binh Duong’s Ben Cat Town, babysat her grandchild N.H.M., who was born in Ca Mau in 2018, and N.T.T.V., an acquaintance’s child at the same age as M., from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

After doing some house chores, G. found out that the two children had gone missing. 

She and some neighbors searched for the babies everywhere to no avail.

It was until people reached a nearby pond that they found the babies motionless in the water.

Despite emergency treatment at a hospital, the two children died.

The two families already took the bodies of the babies to their hometowns for funeral rituals.

According to the Health Environment Management Agency under the Ministry of Health, a research by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in 2017 showed that an average of over 7,000 children drowned each year in Vietnam, accounting for 22.6 percent of injuries and accidents, behind the road crash death rate of 26.7 percent.

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