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Table 2 Number and age-adjusted death rate (per 100 000 people) of unintentional drowning deaths and the proportion of drowning deaths coded as 'unspecified' in each country, ranked by the percentage of 'unspecified' cases at the 3-character level according to the WHO mortality database, August 2009.

From: Quality of cause-of-death reporting using ICD-10 drowning codes: a descriptive study of 69 countries

Country The latest available year No. of deaths from unintentional drowning Age-
adjusted drowning death rate
% of drowning deaths classified as unspecified at the 3-character level % of drowning deaths classified as unspecified at the 4th character
Suriname 2005 34 NA 100 94
Kuwait 2002 20 1.7 100 90
Guatemala 2006 87 NA 100 61
Thailand 2002 4218 7.1 100 100
Peru 2000 656 NA 100 96
El Salvador 2006 238 NA 99 0
Guyana 2005 90 NA 99 100
Israel 2005 48 0.7 98 100
Belize 2001 41 NA 98 100
Mauritius 2007 38 3.1 97 100
Uruguay 2004 71 NA 97 44
South Africa 2005 147 NA 96 NA
Costa Rica 2006 132 NA 94 6
Taiwan 2007 486 1.9 89 NA
Georgia 2001 45 0.9 89 NA
Chile 2005 488 NA 89 1
Bahamas 2002 42 NA 86 52
Serbia and Montenegro, Former 2002 94 1.2 84 11
France 2006 1008 1.3 82 53
Réunion 2005 20 NA 80 55
Italy 2006 378 0.6 75 49
Paraguay 2004 99 NA 69 21
Spain 2005 494 1.0 66 47
Haiti 2003 20   65 45
Norway 2006 65 1.1 63 100
Argentina 2005 563 NA 60 17
Republic of Moldova 2007 261 6.9 60 0
Kyrgyzstan 2006 270 5.4 57 23
Netherlands 2007 76 0.4 57 3
Egypt 2000 1591 NA 54 NA
Uzbekistan 2005 1042 3.9 52 NA
Azerbaijan 2007 62 0.8 52 NA
Romania 2007 992 4.4 50 18
Serbia 2007 115 1.4 46 NA
Mexico 2006 2310 NA 46 21
Colombia 2005 1019 NA 44 16
Ecuador 2006 521 NA 44 21
Czech Republic 2007 182 1.5 44 31
Denmark 2006 46 0.7 43 100
Germany 2006 418 0.4 43 31
Brazil 2005 6171 NA 42 26
Republic of Korea 2006 757 1.5 40 NA
Venezuela 2005 590 NA 38 17
Sweden 2006 106 0.9 38 100
Nicaragua 2005 196 NA 37 97
Belgium 1999 54 0.5 37 NA
Poland 2006 1031 2.5 34 52
Canada 2004 251 0.8 32 100
Croatia 2006 78 1.3 32 36
Austria 2007 75 0.8 27 21
United Kingdom 2007 224 0.4 24 2
United States of America 2005 3582 1.2 23 10
Puerto Rico 2005 37 NA 19 0
Australia 2004 198 1.0 19 12
Estonia 2005 59 4.1 17 NA
Hungary 2005 192 1.7 14 2
Trinidad and Tobago 2002 44 3.4 14 11
Dominican Republic 2004 29 NA 10 100
Ireland 2007 51 1.1 10 4
Japan 2007 5966 2.5 9 7
Slovenia 2007 28 1.1 7 NA
Hong Kong SAR 2007 43 NA 7 0
Slovakia 2005 138 2.4 7 NA
Lithuania 2007 381 9.8 6 1
Panama 2006 120 NA 5 9
Cuba 2006 253 NA 1 2
Latvia 2007 237 9.6 1 NA
Finland 2007 143 2.1 1 100
New Zealand 2005 56 1.4 0 100