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361 drowning cases reported in 2020: PACDA

22 Mar 2021

The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) has stated that 361 drowning cases were reported in 2020. In 2019, 369 cases were reported. 

As per PACDA, 268 cases were reported in 2016, 173 cases in 2017 and 155 in 2018.

In a statement, PACDA urged people to be cautious, follow safety measures and avoid hazards while swimming.

‘People going out for adventure trips and swimming in wadis must follow guidelines, including wearing life jackets and going out only with well-known tourism companies who provide the necessary tools and equipment. We urge parents to teach their children to swim,’ PACDA said.

PACDA has issued some guidelines to avoid drowning incidents. 

It says parents should keep an eye on children when they are swimming or getting close to water. 

‘Make sure that children are not in the pool when you leave the place,’ it said. PACDA has also asked people to swim in designated places, check the flow of water when crossing valleys, and make sure that one can swim before entering a body of water.

‘Swimming pools should be equipped with fixed steps and metal handles. Do not fill the pool if used by children. We urge people to abide by the precautionary regulations that prohibit swimming in places where water levels are constantly rising,’ PACDA said.

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