AMONG a total of 761 people hospitalised during the Thingyan festival in Mandalay, 14 died while receiving treatment, according to a public relations officer for Mandalay General Hospital.
Almost half of the hospitalised patients were injured in road accidents, while 25 per cent were injured in fights and in other situations, said U Min Lwin, the public relations officer.
Although this year’s festival was celebrated for five days instead of the usual four, the number of people to be hospitalised was lower than in each of the past three years, added the public relations officer. According to some sources, there were 30 deaths during the festival period in Mandalay, including the 14 who died in the hospital.
Figures show that 28 out of 750 patients died in the hospital in 2015, while 22 out of 972 died in 2014 and 13 out of 739 died in 2013.
Aung Thant Khaing