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After local train accidents,heart attack biggest killer in city

According to NCRB data,Mumbai tops list of 53 mega cities in number of accidental deaths

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 25, 2013 2:13:20 am

Heart attack is the biggest killer in Mumbai after suburban rail accidents. Data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveal that as many as 963 deaths — 12.5 per cent of the total 7,663 accidental deaths — in the city were due to heart attack in 2012. NCRB does not include information about those killed in suburban rail accidents. Road accidents are the second biggest culprit claiming 694 lives in 2012.

In fact,Mumbai has the dubious distinction of leading a pack of 53 mega cities (with a million-plus population) both in the number of accidental deaths,and within this,in the number of people who died of heart attack. “It is generally known that stress has been a major cause for concern in metros,especially Mumbai. The effects of increasing stress are bound to have repercussions,” said additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar,who heads the public health department in BMC.

High stress levels and unhealthy food habits take a huge toll on human body.

Dr Manjeet Singh,Consultant,Occupation Health Physician,Fortis Hospital,Mulund,said,“We advise that as people age,they should reduce intake of salt,sugar,milk,rice and maida. The pancreas takes twice as long to process a maida roti as compared to a wheat roti and cannot control the level of sugar in the blood. On weekends,people eat outdoors and consume food that is high in oil and sugar. This is how people in the age group of 25-30 get high blood pressure and eventually diabetes.”

Of the 3,94,982 accidental deaths in the country,the 53 mega cities accounted for 15 per cent (59,264 deaths).

Mumbai tops the list of these mega cities with 7,663 such deaths. Of these,5,977 were males and 1,686 females. Separately,the city has the

highest number of girl child abortions (42). Maharashtra reported 452 girl child abortions. The city also tops in the number of casualties up to 14 years of age,with 540 deaths. Mumbai is second only to Delhi with 1,483 deaths in the 15-29 age group and 2,161 deaths in the 30-44 age group.

In 2012,the city lost 11 lives in building collapses.

Alok Avasthy,Commandant,5th Battalion National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said,“The demand for housing and construction of new houses in Mumbai is very high. In the rush to bring more homes,developers use poor quality material. The government should evacuate residents living in buildings listed as dangerous to ensure that there is no repeat of the tragedies.”

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