Tree uproots killing one, injuring 12 students in southern Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY (XINHUA) – An old tree suddenly uprooted in a schoolyard in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, leaving one student dead and 12 others injured, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The sixth-grade students were standing in line heading to their class when the tree fell. When the emergency force arrived, one victim had stopped breathing, while 12 others were found with broken arms, legs, and spine injuries, besides others, according to the report. Many parts of Ho Chi Minh City received heavy rainfall on Monday afternoon.

Some 22 million Vietnamese students only returned to school early this month after a prolonged break since late January due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in grades between four and 11 in Ho Chi Minh City started returning to campus on May 8, according to the Vietnam News Agency.