Fifth Drowning Victim’s Body Recovered in Kandal

The body of a girl who drowned in Kandal province on Monday was pulled from the Mekong River on Tuesday evening—the fifth child to drown in the province this week, officials said Wednesday.

Tey Srey Neang, 8, and her friends Tey Tida, 5, and Mon Yita, 9, were reported missing by their families after failing to return to their homes in Lvea Em district on Monday afternoon.

District police chief Chea Thol said villagers discovered two of the girls’ bodies later that evening, but the search continued for Tey Srey Neang until Tuesday evening.

“Her body was found floating about 400 meters from the location where she drowned in the Mekong River,” he said.

In a separate case in Kien Svay district on Monday, two friends drowned while swimming in a pond, said deputy district police chief Prum Samnang.

“The children drowned at about 4 p.m. when they came to swim at a pond near their village,” Mr. Samnang said. “They drowned because they could not swim well.”

The bodies of Prak Chan Ratana, 7, and Phai Srey Nann, 8, were found after a villager spotted flip-flops near the pond’s edge but saw no one swimming, he said.

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