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Drowning beware! Parents warned to look after children in dangerous July

A Thai doctor in charge of damage mitigation has warned parents to be particularly careful of their children during the rainy season. 

There is a great danger of children drowning in water they are familiar with due to changes in currents, added depth or changes under water resulting in the possibility of foot entrapment.

Dr Saman Footrakun from Ratchaburi Region 5 said that in July in the years 2009 to 2018 there were 572 deaths of under 15s in Thailand from drowning. 

Last July the figure was 34 dead. 

He urged communities, schools and parents to remind children of the danger of swimming in the rainy season in particular. Many swimming areas should simply be avoided during the rainy season.

In addition to the above warnings he said that banks of reservoirs could become unstable and children should be kept away from the edges. 

Signage should be erected at dangerous spots and parents out fishing or foraging should keep a close watch on their children. 

The use of good quality life jackets was also important if children do swim, he said. 

Thaivisa notes that for many years the leading cause of death of children in Thailand was from drowning. 

Recent reports suggest that the roads are now responsible for as many if not more deaths of children. 

Thai VisaTalk News Online

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