Police said Monday that two children died after falling into an irrigation canal near their homes in Okayama on Sunday.
Police say that 3-year-old Yuhi Takeuchi and 4-year-old Naoki Toda, were playing near the channel at around 5 p.m., TBS reported. At the time, it is thought that the water level in the canal had risen to over a meter, following heavy rain.
Yuhi's mother went to search the area and found them in the water and pulled them out. They were taken to a nearby hospital where Naoki was pronounced dead. Yuhi remained unconscious until around 1 a.m. Monday, at which point he too was pronounced dead, TBS reported.
Investigators say there was a safety barrier next to the 1-meter-deep canal, but that there was a 40-cm gap in the fence through which the boys are believed to have entered.© Japan Today