Electrocutions claim more lives in Sri Lanka than world average

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - With 103 fatalities, the Sri Lankan electrocution rate last year, was five times higher than the international benchmark, which is only one in one million people, per year.

The number of persons electrocuted increased last year, says a report released by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL).

The report says there were 103 fatalities due to electrocution in 2019. In 2018, 89 fatalities due to electrocution were reported.

The Southern Province recorded the highest number of fatalities (30) due to electrocution in 2019 while Western Province recorded the lowest.

The Southern Province recorded 97 fatalities due to electrocution from 2015 to 2019.

Illicit tapping to protect cultivations or to kill wild animals has been identified as the main cause of electrocutions.

The latest statistics show that males are more exposed to electrocutions as 86 per cent from total fatalities due to electrocution reported in 2019 were men.

According to the international benchmark, the possibility of an electrocution occurring is only one (01) for one million people, per year. Last year, the Sri Lankan electrocution rate is five times higher.

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