Two students dead after reservoir release swept them away

By Giang Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Rescuers look for the second body after two girls were swept away during a water discharge at Dau Tieng reservoir on July 26, 2015. Photo: Giang Phuong Rescuers look for the second body after two girls were swept away during a water discharge at Dau Tieng reservoir on July 26, 2015. Photo: Giang Phuong

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A sightseeing trip is southern Vietnam turned tragic on Sunday after two teenagers were swept away by water discharge at a reservoir in southern Vietnam. 
Rescuers have found the bodies of two 16-year-old girls, who joined seven other 11th graders from Tay Ninh Province in a trip to Dau Tieng Reservoir, about 90 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the other students, they were playing by the Ca Noc Lake near the discharge gate of the Dau Tieng reservoir, which was then releasing water.
Four of them were reportedly missed their footing and fell into the lake. 
Two of them were swept away by the torrent and found dead soon later, while the other two managed to hang on to large rocks and survive.
Police are investigating the deaths.
Dau Tieng is one of the biggest reservoirs in Vietnam, with the capacity of around 1.6 billion cubic meters that provides water for fields in Tay Ninh Province and Ho Chi Minh City.
Locals said the water discharge could have been “sudden” because they knew nothing about it.
But the reservoir management said it had already informed authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Tay Ninh and Long An that it would start releasing water from July 24.
The management closed the reservoir gate after the incident to help with the rescue.

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