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Bahrain: Rainwater Pools – A Death Trap For Children?

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A 4-year-old child was rescued from drowning in one of the human-made rainwater pools. Sources said the child was immediately transferred to the King Hamad University Hospital which was the nearest to the place where the incident occurred. They said that these rainwater pools were built for storing rainwater for the housing project of Al-Sayah located in the Busaiteen area.

Details of the incident indicate that the rescuer, a relative of the child and a resident of the area, saw a body floating in one of the nine rainwater pools build in the surrounding the housing project. He immediately realized that it was a drowning incident and rushed to rescue.

 The municipal representative of the area, Waheed Al-Mannai said that the child’s father had previously requested the Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning to bury these pools as these were a source of danger for the children in the area.

 Al-Mannai held the ministry responsible for any accident caused by these pools which, he said, were built as a temporary alternative solution for rain drainage networks in the area. He also pointed out that block number 228 was one of the most prestigious residential blocks, but the failure of the Ministry of Works and Municipalities to connect it with rainwater drainage networks has turned these nine pools into an environment for insects to breed and traps for children.


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