Three siblings drowned while swimming in a river in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Sunday.
Four siblings, including Ngo Nguyen Ngoc H., 13, Ngo Nguyen Ngoc N., 9, Ngo Nguyen Ngoc H., 7, and Ngo Phuoc T., 5, went swimming in a Ba Du River section near the Dong Thap fruit wholesale market in My Hiep Commune, Cao Lanh District at about 1:30 pm on Sunday, according to a report by the provincial steering committee for climate change response, fire prevention and fighting, and search and rescue.
At 4:30 pm, T. returned home and told his mother that his three older sisters were in danger.
The mother immediately rushed to the river and found the bodies of her seven- and nine-year-old daughters, while the 13-year-old girl was missing.
Provincial rescuers found her body at 8:40 pm on the same day, Huynh Thanh Son, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee of Cao Lanh District, said on Monday morning.
Their family has five children, including three girls and two boys.
Local authorities have visited and offered condolences and financial support of VND15 million (US$645) to the family, Son added.
Many child drowning cases have been reported recently.
Three days ago, three siblings drowned after falling into a pond while shepherding goats in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam.
In addition, four female students of an elementary school in Binh Thuan Province, a neighbor of Ninh Thuan, died while bathing in a canal over a week ago.