San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Number of Violent Deaths Down So Far This Year

The Costa Rican Red Cross registered 436 violent deaths during the first six months of this year, including 176 caused by traffic accidents, according to a statement from the Red Cross.

Another 96 were caused by firearms, 59 were drownings, nine resulted from intoxication, two were caused by airplane accidents and 94 resulted from other causes.

January was the month with the greatest number of violent deaths: 82 were registered. On average, 2.4 people die in Costa Rica in a tragic manner every day.

This marks a decrease from the same period during 2005, when 483 people died violently.


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