800 people die each year in Sri Lanka due to drowning

800 people die each year in Sri Lanka due to drowning

800 people die each year in Sri Lanka due to drowning

Written by Zulfick Farzan

25 Jul, 2021 | 2:57 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); It is reported that approximately 800 people die of drowning in Sri Lanka each year, with more than 220,000 people dying worldwide.

July 25th was declared World Drowning Day at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr. Samitha Siritunga, Community Medicine Specialist, National Accident Prevention and Management Program, Non-Communicable Diseases Unit, Ministry of Health, points out that drowning is the second leading cause of death in Sri Lanka as unintentional accidents.

Most of the victims are between the ages of 21 and 60 and people rescued after drowning incidents also suffer from long-term injuries.

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