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Three more children drown, taking toll up to 11 in a week

Krishnagiri District Collector S. Prabhakar consoles the family of one of the victims of drowning at the Krishnagiri Government Hospital on Tuesday.

Krishnagiri District Collector S. Prabhakar consoles the family of one of the victims of drowning at the Krishnagiri Government Hospital on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: N_Bashkaran

District Administration cautions people against allowing children to go near water bodies

Three girl residents of a church-backed hostel drowned in a pond near Naachikuppam in Vepanapalli on Tuesday. This incident comes three days after two other children drowned in Uthangarai. Over the last one week, 11 children have drowned in various water bodies.

Tuesday’s victims M. Chitra (15) of Kamandhotti in Shoolagiri, M. Esu Priya (15) of Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, and S. Anushka (9) of Dharmapuri were students of Nachikuppam government school. The first two were in class 10 and the other in class 5. Their families had put them in a home run by a church.

On Tuesday, the girls were taken to a farm owned by the home staff. The victims got into a pond in the vicinity of a river, and were allegedly left unmonitored.

On Monday evening, an eight-year-old boy Vignesh of Belavarthi here drowned in a pond near his house. The boy had set out to pluck jasmines in the area.

On Saturday, two boys aged 13 and 14 drowned in a pond in Keezhmarathur in Singarapettai in Uthangarai. Similar drownings were reported in Hosur.

As the schools shut down for the quarterly vacation, what should have been a fun time turned tragic for the families of the 11 victims.

FIR against home

On a complaint from the Tahsildar of Shoolagiri, an FIR, with a case of negligence, has been registered against the home for taking the children to the farmland without the permission of the authorities, Collector S. Prabhakar said.

After the first incident of drowning of two boys in Kandhikuppam here, the administration swung into action. The officials were directed to put up banners at all lakes, tanks and ponds that were filled up by the recent rain. Mr. Prabhakar, who visited the bereaved families of the victims at the government hospital here, told The Hindu that the police were engaged in putting up the caution boards and banners at the water bodies.

Revenue and police departments were also using autorickshaws with loudspeakers to caution people in villages. Tom toms were also being used and local cable television channels have also been asked to run scrolls that caution people against letting children get into tanks and ponds.

Based on a complaint of Shoolagiri Tahsildar, a FIR is being filed against the home for taking children without the permission of the authorities, Dr. Prabhakar said.

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