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Suicide attempts at Han River on the rise: data

All News 09:36 September 20, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- The number of suicide attempts on the Han River that runs through Seoul has been increasing sharply since 2012, data showed Tuesday, raising demands that authorities bolster safety measures at bridges.

According to the data compiled by Rep. Hong Chul-ho of the ruling Saenuri Party, around 1,400 people attempted to kill themselves at Han River bridges from 2012 through June this year, which translates into one case per day.

The number of cases came to 148 in 2012, but increased to 396 in 2014 and 543 in 2015, the data showed.

Mapo Bridge topped the list with 532 cases, trailed by the Hangang Bridge with 126 cases.

"While the Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to raise bridge railings to 2.5 meters from the existing 1.5 meters by December, the project will only be applied at Mapo," Hong said, adding the city government should take more active measures.

A pedestrian walks on Mapo Bridge in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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