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Mumbai accounts for 15.1 per cent of accidental deaths in 2019

A report by the National Crime Records Bureau has revealed that Mumbai has reported the maximum amount of accidental deaths among major cities in India in 2019.

Mumbai accounts for 15.1 per cent of accidental deaths in 2019
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A report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed that Mumbai has reported the maximum amount of accidental deaths among major cities in India in 2019.

According to the report, 61,404 people have died due to accidents across 53 cities last year. The city of Mumbai accounted for 9,246 or 15.1 per cent of those deaths. The report has further classified 9,212 of these deaths in the city as having occurred due to causes like traffic accidents, sudden death and falls, and 34 due to forces of nature.

This report is especially scary given the problematic situation in Mumbai with regards to potholes, building collapses, and irregular traffic. It is also observed that during the monsoon months, accidents increase by two-fold as people get sucked into manholes or and in some cases even get electrocuted. Moreover, incidents of fire have also been comparatively regular with several commercial and residential buildings and over time some people have succumbed to the blaze.

The state of Maharashtra also had the second-highest number of accidental fires (1,436) and fatalities (1,456) and ranked only behind Madhya Pradesh in the number of people who die due to drowning (4,561).

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), to make matters worse, is now tied up with the ongoing pandemic that it has refused to take up new projects. The civic body had earlier stated that challenged with dips in the revenue, it is to not take up any fresh road projects and are to focus only on ongoing repair works this year.

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