6-year-old boy drowns in central Vietnam river

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A man points to a river in Nghe An Province where a 6-year-old boy drowns on May 23, 2016. Photo credit: Lao Dong A man points to a river in Nghe An Province where a 6-year-old boy drowns on May 23, 2016. Photo credit: Lao Dong

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A six-year-old boy drowned in a river in the central province of Nghe An on Monday when taking a bath with a friend.
The two children, both 6, were walking home from their kindergarten in Ky Son District around noon on Monday when they decided to go down a local river for a bath. 
One of them reportedly slipped and was swept away. 
His family and locals discovered his body around 30 meters away. 
Authorities in Nghe An on Tuesday said they have offered the family VND1.5 million. 
Earlier this month, four students from the central province of Khanh Hoa drowned when swimming in an area known for deadly rip currents.
Last month, two teenage students in Khanh Hoa and nine sixth graders in the central province of Quang Ngai also drowned.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in Vietnam among children aged 5 to 14, according to a World Health Organization Report in 2014.
Vietnam’s ministry of social affairs said Vietnam has an average of 10 fatal child drownings a day, which is the highest rate in Southeast Asia and ten times that of developed countries.
As a country with 3,260 kilometers of coastline, innumerable rivers, canals and ponds, Vietnam has failed to make swimming lessons part of the standard school curriculum.
Most swimming classes are either held by charity groups in rural areas or larger schools in urban areas.

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