May 07, 2009 10:48
Korea suffers the third-highest number of accident-related deaths of children among member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The National Statistical Office says that, of the children under the age of 14 who died in 2007, two in five lost their lives in accidents.
Although Korea's ranking has improved by one slot since 1995, it is still well above the OECD average. Car accidents were the most common cause of death, accounting for 43-percent of the total, followed by drowning and murder.
About half of the accidents occurred between May and August and over 60 percent of them took place near schools and residential areas.
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