The flood disaster in Johor claim its first victim when a 14-year-old boy drown while swimming with his friends in Kampung Tanjung Labuh, Ledang. Pix by SYARAFIQ ABD SAMAD

LEDANG: Two children died in separate drowning incidents in Johor today.

In the first incident, Abdul Hadi Abd Hamid, 14, from Kampung Tanjung Labuh, Jalan Sialang here drowned after he slipped and fell into a stream before being swept by strong currents due to heavy downpour in the area.

Ledang police chief Superintendant Mohd Salleh Razak said a witness saw the boy slip into the stream about 3 pm.

"I was made to understand that the stream is 15m deep. The victim's body was retrieved by the Tangkak Fire and Rescue Department eight minutes after they spotted him, about 20m away from the place he was seen falling into the stream."

Salleh reminded the public to be mindful of their safety during a heavy downpour, as the ground can be slippery.

He said the victim's body was sent to Tangkak Hospital for a post-mortem.

In the second incident, an 11-year old boy, whose identity has yet to be identified, drowned after he fell into a fishing pond in Kampung Parit Selamat in Yong Peng, Batu Pahat.

He was believed to have fallen into the pond about 4.30pm.

The Yong Peng Fire and Rescue Department arrived at the scene at 4.48pm, and recovered the boy's body out from the pond an hour later.