Drowning cases rise alarmingly in Kerala


K R K Pradeep 

The people who fall into the water and don’t know how to swim will drown if they’re not rescued within four minutes.

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Pathanamthitta: The number of drowning cases has been increasing alarmingly in the state. As per the records of the Fire and Rescue Department, on an average, three people drown in the state per day. In the year 2021 alone, there have been 1,102 reported cases of drowning. In the previous years, this number was less than 1,000.

People who fall into water and don’t know how to swim will drown if they’re not rescued within four minutes. Most people drown in rivers and ponds while visiting such places in groups. Inability to swim despite knowing swimming due to the current and other conditions is also another problem.

Last year, the most number of drowning cases (153) were reported in the Kollam district. The least number of drowning cases (39) were reported in Idukki. In 2021, 667 men above the age of 18 and 130 boys below the age of 18 drowned. 260 women above the age of 18 and 45 girls below the age of 18 drowned.

Number of deaths due to drowning in districts (2021)

DistrictTotal number of deathsMen Women
Thiruvananthapuram14211725
Kollam15311736
Pathanamthitta50428
Alappuzha754332
Kottayam51438
Ernakulam1078126
Idukki39327
Thrissur1167046
Palakkad756114
Malappuram34304
Kozhikode805228
Wayanad25223
Kannur1125656
Kasaragod443212

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