POLICE have stressed the importance of being vigilant with children after twin sisters became the latest drowning victims in the country.
A police statement revealed that the sisters died in a pond on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group on Thursday morning.
"The two victims aged 1 year 11 months were playing outside their home in the presence of their 32-year-old mother. However when she went to do some laundry the two sisters allegedly wandered off to a nearby pond where the tragic incident took place," said police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro.
"When their mother came out and found the two missing she went in search of them and found them floating in the pond. The two were conveyed to the Yanua Nursing station and later brought to the Lautoka Hospital where unfortunately they were pronounced dead on arrival."
Police again emphasised the importance of ensuring that children are supervised at all times.
"In a short span of time a family has lost two of their loved ones which is why we continue to stress that children must be supervised closely at all times. Children continue to be a concern as they remain the highest statistic of drowning fatalities on an annual basis," Ms Naisoro said. She added that an investigation was being carried out into the circumstances surrounding the death of the twins.
The drowning toll stands at five compared to four for the same period last year.