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Fatalities from safety accidents on the decline in S. Korea: data

All Headlines 15:23 December 11, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- Fatalities from safety accidents have steadily decreased in South Korea in recent years but the number of fire deaths rebounded last year, data released Tuesday by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety showed.

According to the government data, the number of accidental deaths nationwide fell from 28,784 in 2015 to 28,218 in 2016 and 27,154 in 2017.

Thus the share of accidental fatalities of all deaths declined to 9.5 percent last year, dropping below 10 percent for the first time, the data showed.

A composite image of traffic accident and fire (Yonhap)

By category, the number of traffic accident deaths fell from 4,489 in 2014 to 3,937 in 2017, while the number of suicide deaths dropped from 13,836 to 12,463 in the same period.

But the number of fire deaths rose from 291 in 2016 to 338 in 2017 after falling from 322 in 2014 to 249 in 2015.

Compared with the averages of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, South Korea's numbers were lower in fatalities from fire, crimes and safety accidents but higher in deaths from traffic accidents, suicides and infectious diseases.

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