Puanaduim is 45 years old and has two children Fungkid 10 and Pimchaya 6 years of . ” I cannot swim and neither can my children swim or know anything about drowning. I am a housewife. I do want my children to know how to swim but the area we live in has no standard pool or teacher for them to teach. We have 6 tanks in the house filled with rain water. We use this water alot of the times in the monsoon to do our bathing cleaing etc. ” says Puanaduim.
Her daughter goes into the tank at one point to fetch water which is dangerous and this is a huge risk says the the local drowning prevention staff. Children have died in homes in similar unexpected ways to reach for the water to just shower or drink. Nongsomboon village Thai-Cambodian Border Kaepchung district, Surin, Thailand
In Surin, northeastern province Thailand where many children drown to death. 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. 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.
Most drowning occurs in rural areas, during the day, when mothers are busy with housework or other chores and the unsupervised child unexpectedly wanders away. More than half (56 per cent) of all drowning deaths occur within 100 metres of the child’s home. For toddlers, this proximity is even more striking. Almost three quarters of drownings (74 per cent) occur within 100m of the home, and two in five occur within 10m of the home.