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Rise in fireworks accidents


Accidents caused by fireworks saw an increase compared to the previous year, National Hospital coordinator Pushpa Ramyani de Soysa said.

She said December 30 and 31 saw an increase in road and domestic accidents and domestic violence.

She said 479 incidents were reported to the Colombo National Hospital on New Year’s Eve and the day before.

Soysa said last year saw a 13 percent decrease in accidents compared to the previous year.

“The number of road accidents reported was 113. This is a 16 percent drop compared to the previous year,” she said.

Soysa said of the 179 persons admitted to the Colombo National Hospital during the two days, 109 persons had sustained injuries after falling down, 48 due to violence and 45 domestic accidents.

Domestic accidents saw a 43 percent decrease compared to the previous year, she said.

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