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Nagaland reports lowest ‘accidental deaths’ in the country

By EMN Updated: Nov 24, 2019 11:05 pm

Our Reporter
Dimapur, Nov. 24 (EMN): The rate of accidental deaths (per lakh of population) in India has remained the same in 2016 and 2015. The total number of accidental deaths in 2016 was 4,18,221. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) stated this in its ‘accidental death in India 2016 report’ that was updated earlier this month.

According to NCRB, accidental deaths have been classified as ‘accidental deaths due to forces of nature’ and ‘other causes of accidental deaths’, the latter cases involving ‘deliberate or negligent conduct of human beings’.

Out of 4,18,221 accidental deaths, 8,684 (2.1%) were due to forces of nature and 4,09,537 (97.9%) were attribued to other causes. The report also states that there was a decline of 17.4% (from 10,510 deaths in 2015 to 8,684 deaths in 2016) in deaths due to forces of nature; and an increase of 1.6% (from 4,02,947 deaths in 2015 to 4,09,537 deaths in 2016) in deaths due to other causes in 2016.

The highest rate of accidental deaths was reported from Chhattisgarh (69.7) followed by Maharashtra (57.3), Haryana (54.3), Madhya Pradesh (53.7) and Daman and Diu (51.8) against the national average rate of 32.8.

Nineteen out of 36 states/union territories have reported higher rates of ‘accidental deaths’ compared to the all-India average of 32.8 deaths per one lakh of population. Nagaland reported the lowest with 3.3, and a decline of 10.2% in total accidental deaths in the year 2016.

According to the report, the number of accidental deaths increased by 1.2% at national level in 2016. The number of ‘accidental deaths’ due to forces of nature decreased by 17.4% and deaths due to other causes increased by 1.6% in the same year.

Gender-wise analysis reveals that female and male constitute 20.2% and 79.8% of the total victims respectively. Age group of most of the victims was between 30 to 45 years. This group of people accounted for 31.6% of all persons killed in accidents in the country in 2016.

Causes of accidental deaths

Under ‘causes attributable to forces of nature’, deaths due to lightning and forest fire had increased in 2016, whereas the share of causes of deaths which include, inter-alia , avalanche, exposure to cold, tornado, earth quake, epidemic, flood, heat/sun stroke, landslide and torrential rain decreased in the same year.

The deaths due to causes not attributable to forces of nature such as collapse of structure, electrocution, accidental explosion, falls, mines or quarry disaster, traffic accidents, sudden death, deaths of women during pregnancy, killed by animals, and drug overdose increased in 2016, the report informed.



By EMN Updated: Nov 24, 2019 11:05:54 pm