Swim class aims to stop major cause of death in Bangladesh

SREEPUR, Bangladesh

SREEPUR, Bangladesh (AP) — Children once afraid of the water are learning how to swim in a program aimed at reducing drownings in Bangladesh.

The delta nation is crisscrossed by hundreds of canals, streams and rivers, and drowning is a major cause of death among youngsters. A 2011 government survey found up to 18,000 children drown every year — accounting for 43 percent of deaths among children under 5.

Teaching basic swimming skills is seen as a way to prevent more.

A woman who lost two sons says she is overwhelmed with regret for not ensuring her children could swim. A weeping Samela Begum implored other mothers to teach their sons to swim, “otherwise your laps will become empty like mine.”

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