Three girls aged between 8 and 9 have drowned while taking a bath at a dam in Vietnam‘s central highlands Dak Lak province, Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday.
The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the trio were off from school and their bodies were found on the same day.
Although a warning sign of drowning was already placed near the dam, children from nearby areas still take a bath there, local authorities said Sunday. In recent days, heavy rain has raised the water level in the dam.
An average of 2,000 children in Vietnam died of drowning every year, making it the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children in the country, according to its Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.