Five young boys in China’s southwestern Guizhou province died of suffocation on Monday in a deserted shack, the Xinhua state news agency reported on Tuesday.
The boys, aged four to six, died after apparently trying to burn some wet straw, although further details about their deaths are not yet available.
The tragedy echoes a similar case in Guizhou province in November last year when five homeless children were found dead in a rubbish bin.
The five victims in the lastest case were from five families in Chaoyang village, Majiang county. They were left on their own because their parents were busy helping with a villager’s wedding, the report said.
When people found them around 7:20pm, four of the boys were already dead. Another died in hospital.
Villagers had once used the shack to process tobacco, but it had long been abandoned. Ventilation in the shack was poor and it only had one exit, the report noted.