SURIN – At least 18 children younger than 15 have drowned in Surin Province during the first three months of this year, and provincial authorities are stepping up public awareness campaigns to prevent the rate from rising.
Mr. Yutthana Wiriyakitti spoke through the National Broadcasting Station of Thailand in Surin that many children were drowned to death in this northeastern province during the first three months of this year. He stated that a lot of children often choose to cool off from the summer heat during the holidays by swimming in rivers, natural water sources, irrigation canals and reservoirs.
Statistics show Surin Province has one of the highest rates of drowning in the country. Last year, at least 40 people aged lower than 18 were drowned in the province.
Parents are therefore advised to be vigilant by monitoring their children at all times and never let them swim alone, even in the neighborhood or familiar places. Should children decide to go swimming, they’re advised to wear a life vest every time.
The provincial authorities have stepped up public relations campaign to warn parents about the drowning rate during the school holidays. Anyone experiencing cases of drowning are encouraged to call Hotline 1669, which is active 24 hours a day.