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Asia Floods 2011: Children Drown After Monsoon Rains

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2011


BANGKOK, Thailand — It took only a second for the murky floodwaters swamping parts of Asia to swallow Nguyen Phuoc Hien’s baby. His 3-year-old daughter had been playing happily while her aunt studied, but somehow, the girl slipped quietly outside the family home deep in Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta.

When Hien’s wife returned to the shack from feeding the pigs and realized her youngest child was missing, “she was in a panic looking around,” he recalled. “Our neighbors helped us look for her. Her body was found an hour later in the canal near the house.”

Children make up around a quarter of the nearly 800 deaths reported since July across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines, according to the United Nations. The region has been ravaged by some of the worst flooding in decades, but drownings are a huge unreported epidemic in Asia. Every year, an estimated 240,000 children up to 17 years old die – mostly because the majority of kids simply never learn to swim.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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