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India accounts for most selfie deaths in the world

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IMAGE: A woman takes the time out to pose on her car before taking a selfie with Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano ash spewing out in the background. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

If you think standing at the edge of a scenic cliff or on top of a waterfall or leaning out of a train to take a selfie is fun, think again.

The quest for extreme selfies has killed 259 people between 2011 and 2017, a 2018 global study has revealed. And India leads the list with 159 deaths in the period covered by the study.
IMAGE: Wu Yongning, a Chinese rooftop climber, plunged from the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre in Changsha, China, during one of his high-rise stunts in November 2017. The 26-year-old had amassed a fan base that ran close to a million on social media with his extreme ‘rooftopping’ selfies. Photograph: Wu Yongning/Weibo

That’s almost exactly 10 times the number of deaths seen in the country in second place, Russia, which has seen 16 deaths in the same period, followed by the United States, which saw 14 deaths.
http://www.rediff.com/news/report/pix-death-by-selfie-india-accounts-for-most-selfie-deaths-in-the-world/20181009.htm

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