FOUR young girls on Saturday drowned in a pond in Banteay Meanchey province’s Phnom Srok district.
Colonel Yort Sophal, district police chief, yesterday identified the victims as Doeun Sreyneth, seven, and Doeun Sreydeth, four, who are siblings, and their neighbours Nom Sinoun, eight, and Liv Sophea, ten.
“A man who was passing by pulled the victims out of the pond, but they were already dead,” Col Sophal added.
He noted that the siblings’ parents were working in Thailand and they were left with their grandmother who was busy cooking rice when the incident happened.
Col Sophal added that the victims’ bodies were given to the families for funerals.
Provincial Governor Suon Bavor and Senator Chheuy Channa yesterday led officials to meet the victims’ families and attend the funerals.
At one funeral ceremony, Mr Bavor expressed his condolences to the families and also called on guardians to take a good care of their children and grandchildren and not to allow them to play near ponds, creeks, canals or lakes unsupervised.
“Whether it’s the dry or rainy season, they have to be careful and not allow children to play near the water because accidents can happen at any time if we are negligent,” he said.
Mr Bavor and Senator Channa donated $500 and food to each of the victim’s families.