More than 200 drown each day in Asia-Pacific, WHO report says.
Manila, Muharram 25, 1436, November 18, 2014, SPA -- More than 200 people drown each day in low and
middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific, accounting for 20
per cent of global drowning deaths, the World Health Organization
(WHO) said Tuesday, according to dpa.
In its first global report on drowning, the organization said the
figure does not include deaths related to suicide, homicide or
disasters such as typhoons and flooding.
"These additional causes can increase the global burden of drowning
by a further 50 per cent," the health body said.
The report noted that drowning is the most common cause of death in
children aged 5 years to 14 years in the western Pacific region,
which covers 37 countries.
"Drowning deaths outnumber those caused by road traffic crashes,
congenital anomalies, leukaemia, lower respiratory infections,
epilepsy, dengue and meningitis," it said.
In 2012, more than 73,000 people drowned in the western Pacific
region. Twenty per cent of those victims were children between 5 and
14 years old, the report said.
Worldwide, more than 372,400 people died from drowning, including
74,212 children, it said.
14:06 LOCAL TIME 11:06 GMT
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