Rescuers have recovered the body of a 10th grader who was swept away by floodwater in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam after conducting a two-day search and rescue operation.
Authorities in the province’s Quy Hop District completed procedures to hand over the body of the student to his family on Tuesday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Ngo Quoc Chinh, 16, a native of Quy Hop.
Before the fatal incident happened, Chinh and Luong Minh Huu, 17, both from Quy Hop 3 High School were riding an electric bike from Quy Hop Town to Chau Cuong Commune at around 0:30 am on Sunday this week.
When the boys arrived at a spillway bridge in Chau Cuong, they found the bridge barricaded due to rising water level in the river after a heavy rain.
They decided to remove the barricade and crossed the bridge.
Unfortunately, they and the electric bike were swept away by floodwater when they reached one third of the bridge.
Huu managed to swim ashore but Chinh went missing.
Hundreds of rescuers were dispatched to locations along the river which spans over six communes in the district to search for the missing victim.
His body was found on Tuesday morning near a riverbank in Tho Hop Commune, some 20 kilometers away from the spillway bridge.
In related news, a 14-year-old boy in the province’s Quynh Luu District died after he jumped from a bridge into a river for bathing and was then swept away by heavy water on Monday afternoon.
Statistics from the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control show that torrential rains and flooding between September 25 and 29 in the province had left two people dead, two others injured, and over 2,300 houses inundated.