Two sets of cousins drown

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Two sets of young cousins drowned on Wednesday in separate incidents in Siem Reap and Mondulkiri provinces.
 
Police blamed negligent adults for the deaths.
 
In Siem Reap, a five-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl went missing from home and were found several hours later drowned in a pond about 100 metres from where they lived in Lovea commune, Pouk district.
 
Commune police chief Nov Puthearith said officers spent three hours searching for the children.
 
“The children went missing at about 1pm. Their parents informed us and we launched a search. We found their clothes at the edge of a pond and retrieved their bodies from the water,” he said, adding they were already dead when officers arrived at the scene.
 
“Their parents wrongly thought they had gone to their grandparents’ house,” he said.
 
On the same day in Mondulkiri’s Pichreada district, two eight-year-old girls drowned in a pond close to their homes.
 
A provincial deputy police chief said they died after being left alone to play in the water.
 
He blamed negligent adults and the fact children are not taught how to swim for the majority of drownings.
 
Last year, the NGO SwimSafe estimated that six children drown in Cambodia every day, only one fewer than in neighbouring Thailand, which has a much larger population.
 
According to the NGO, drowning is the greatest killer of children over the age of one.

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