Statistics have identified that 800 Lankan residents succumb due to drowning annually.
Issuing a statement for the first World Drowning Prevention Day tomorrow, the Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases unit of the Ministry of Health said Sri Lanka ranks second for unintentional injury deaths.
About 1/3 of these victims are from South Asian countries.
Issuing a statement, the Ministry said an estimated number of more than 200,000 people die by drowning around the world.
Globally, the highest drowning mortality rates are among children aged 1-4 years, and is often reported as the leading cause of mortality among children between 1- 9 years.
The Health Ministry added other than deaths, a lack of oxygen to the brain after non-fatal drownings can lead to long-term disabilities ranging from memory problems and learning disabilities to complete loss of basic function.
Deaths due to drowning reported a drastic decrease due to restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Health Ministry requested the public to take precautions since restrictions are being lifted gradually.