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Summer drownings warning

SHANGHAI youth authorities are warning parents to keep a close eye on their children in summer, following a series of drowning accidents.

TV reports claim that between 30 to 50 children have died in drowning accidents in the past three months in the city.

This has been rejected by city education authorities who say on average 20 children drown every summer. This year’s figure has not been published.

“The figure at the beginning of the summer vacation will be higher and it decreases after parents become aware of the dangers,” said Yang Yongming, an official with Shanghai Education Commission.

Victims are frequently the children of migrant workers who come to visit their parents during the summer vacation.

On July 23, two boys, aged 13 and 14, drowned in a lake in Gangcheng Park in Gaoqiao Town, Pudong New Area, which had yet to open to the public.

There were many signs warning people not to swim, but there were no patrols as the park was not officially open.

In Fengxian District, the bodies of two teenagers who had been swimming in a tributary of the Huangpu River were recovered in mid July.

Local work safety authorities have also advised youngsters not to risk their lives trying to save others in difficulties.

This came after five second-grade junior high school students drowned in a reservoir in central China’s Hunan Province on Thursday.

Residents living near the Chetianjiang Reservoir in Wentang Township of Xinhua County retrieved the boys’ bodies later that day.


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