Tragedy has struck in Zhengzhou, Henan province, where a seven-year-old boy’s body has been recovered 42 hours after he fell down an uncovered construction site manhole, reports China Daily.
The boy was reported missing after he plunged into a manhole around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The five-year-old girl who witnessed the accident told of how the boy fell through a dusty white cloth which cloaked the manhole and landed in the fast-flowing water. The water had already swept him out of sight by the time rescuers arrived.
Emergency personnel attempted rescue, with fully equipped divers descending into the sewers to search for the boy. However, at 11:30 a.m. today, the boy’s drowned body was salvaged at a sewerage treatment plant.
In the video below (warning: contains graphic content), the boy’s uncle recounts fishing his body out from under the grate, describing it as “too horrible to look at”.
In the wake of this tragedy, there will no doubt be questions as to why the manhole was left uncovered and how the child was allowed to encounter it, especially after the shocking death of a two-year-old who also drowned after falling down an exposed manhole in Hunan.
By Liam Bourke