Police in Tuy Hoa City under the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen said on Wednesday night they were investigating the death of a 49-year-old resident after she stepped into a puddle that allegedly had an electric current running through it due to its proximity to an iron pylon.
Officers examined the scene and the body of H.T.K.C., 49, during their investigation into the incident, Senior Colonel Nguyen Huu Son, head of the public security division of Tuy Hoa City, said on Wednesday night.
After a downpour, C. stepped in a puddle of rainwater at around 4:00 pm in an alley near her house, close to a low voltage electric pole, and suddenly fell face down, according to witnesses.
Witnesses feared that the puddle had an electric current running through it and did not dare to try and save C.
Instead, they called for help from local authorities.
C. had already died by the time authorities arrived.
After temporarily cutting off electricity in the area, functional forces carried her from the puddle.
Recuers then checked the scene to determine whether there was an electricity leakage, according to Huynh Quoc Long, director of Phu Yen Power Corporation.
Long added that the residential area where C. lived is home to people subject to a relocation and its electricity network is quite old, posing a high risk of electricity leakage which can be particularly dangerous when heavy rains lead to standing water there.