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Increase in rate of accidents

Shillong, July 6: Accidental deaths in Meghalaya have increased by around 15 per cent in 2013 while the rate of deaths because of road accidents stands at around 87.

According to data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), accidental deaths have been continuously rising in the country from 2,59,625 deaths in 2003 to 4,00,517 deaths in 2013.

In 2013, Meghalaya recorded 602 cases of accidental deaths while in 2012 the figure was 523. The increase was around 15.1 per cent.

Out of the 602 people who died, 95 were females. Age wise, 45 of them belonged to the age group upto 14 years, 229 between 15 and 29 years, 202 between 30 and 44 years, 92 between 45 and 59 years and 34 were above 60 years.

The incidence of accidental deaths has increased by 1.4 per cent at the national level during 2013 as compared to 2012.

Sikkim reported the highest percentage increase of 93.8 per cent in 2013 as compared to 2012 though the numerical increase was only 152.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands (51.5 per cent), Meghalaya (15.1 per cent), Daman & Diu (15.0 per cent), Chandigarh (14.4 per cent) and Arunachal Pradesh (11.1 per cent) followed Sikkim while Lakshadweep reported the highest percentage decline of 42.9 per cent.

Moreover, there were 194 cases of road accidents, which were reported in Meghalaya in 2013. In these cases, 170 people, out of whom 21 were women, died. Around 150 people were also injured in such accidents.

The NCRB data also highlighted that the rate of deaths per 100 cases of road accidents was highest in Daman & Diu (103.3) followed by Nagaland (89.7), Meghalaya (87.6) and Mizoram (85.1) as compared to 31.0 at the national level.

Further, there were 137 suicides in 2013 compared to 128 suicides in 2012. Of these 137 deaths, 41 were women, and majority had committed suicide by hanging.

The NCRB has concluded that 15 suicides took place every one hour during 2013 in the country. Like previous years, it said more than one lakh persons (1,34,799) in the country lost their lives by committing suicide during 2013.

It was observed that social and economic causes have led most of the males to commit suicides whereas emotional and personal causes have mainly driven females to end their lives, the NCRB stated.

Known for having several mines and quarries, Meghalaya reported 47 cases of disaster in mines and quarries during 2013. In these cases, 61 persons died, all of whom were men, while five were injured.


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