Local construction workers have been blamed for leaving a manhole partly uncovered at a construction site in Songjiang district after a four-year-old boy fell in and died.
The child, Song Fu’an, fell into the hole around 7:00 on Sunday evening as he was playing outside of the restaurant his parents work at, Shanghai Daily reports.
His father, 37-year-old Song Yan, jumped into the 10-meter-deep manhole after he’d discovered what happened, but all he could find was his son’s shoe. The boy’s body was found around midnight in a sewage pipe.
Song said that the manhole cover had been removed by workers on Sunday as they pumped water into it, but they failed to cover it back up completely before leaving around 5:30 p.m.
He and his wife, both from Hunan province, went to deliver some takeaway orders as their son played with his friend near the restaurant. When they returned, the boy was gone.
About five hours after firefighters were called to the scene, the little boy’s body was found in a pipe hundreds of meters away.
The manhole, located on Husong road, was covered and the area was blocked off yesterday.
Sadly, this isn’t the first tragic manhole-related incident to happen in Shanghai. Last February, a three-year-old died after falling into an open manhole near Pudong.
Last year, Beijing installed 1,000 safety nets over manholes across the city after similar cases occurred there, along with reports that people were stealing manhole covers to sell as scrap metal.