Death by electrocution: Sri Lanka’s rate five times higher than the global benchmark – PUCSL

ECONOMYNEXT- The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) today revealed that the Sri Lankan electrocution index has risen to five times higher the global benchmark in the year 2019.

Issuing a statement this afternoon, the PUCSL noted that according to the international benchmark, the possibility of electrocution is only one in a million people per year.

‘However, the Sri Lankan electrocution index stood at five times higher than the global benchmark,’ the statement said.

According to the electrocution report 2019 released by PUCSL, a total of 103 fatalities were reported due to electrocution last year which has seen a rise in comparison to the year 2018 where only 89 fatalities were reported.

‘Drawing power lines illegally to protect cultivation or kill wild animals has been identified as the main reasons for the highest number of fatalities in the country whereas small scale electric repair work at home and workplaces have also contributed to electrocutions in 2019,’ the statement pointed out.

The highest number of fatalities have been reported from the Southern province from 2015 to 2019 while the lowest number of fatalities were in the Western province.

Reported by Nisali de Silva Edited by Arjuna Ranawana

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