300 drown a day in C’wealth countries

Staff Correspondent

14 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Drowning has so far claimed the lives of over 300 people everyday across the Commonwealth countries, with low and middle-income (LMIC) countries are the most vulnerable.

A report titled ‘Fatal Drowning in Commonwealth Countries Fact Sheet’ revealed this on Monday.

In 2017, over 110,000 people had died from drowning in Commonwealth countries, accounting for over a third of all fatal drowning globally, the report shows.

Besides, over 37 percent deaths from drowning globally occurred in these countries, it added.

The report, led by Dr Aminur Rahman, director of the Royal Life Saving Society’s (RLSS) Drowning Prevention, based with the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB), the RLSS Member in Bangladesh, outlines an evidence-based estimate of fatal drowning in the Commonwealth nations.

The most recent figures estimate Commonwealth drowning fatalities number 110,594 where the combined number of fatal drowning in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is approximately 78 percent of the total number of drowning deaths in the 54 Commonwealth countries.

 ‘Approximately two thirds of total drowning deaths in Commonwealth countries were males, across all age groups and 51 percent of fatal drowning occurred among children and adolescents (0-19 years), the report said.

According to the report, 26 percent of drowning fatalities in these countries occurred among children under 5 years.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Seattle, United States in its Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (GBD 2017) provided Cause-Specific Mortality for 1980-2017, which includes fatal drowning. The report was made analysing the fatal drowning information of the Commonwealth countries from this database.