Beijing: Though the country is going through a prosperity boom, about two million Chinese attempt suicide every year constituting 3.6 percent of the total deaths annually, according to an official study.
   
About two million Chinese try to kill themselves each year and over the past five decades the figure has increased by 60 per cent, a survey by Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
   
Out of the two million, 2.87 lakh people die every year resulting in 3.6 per cent of the country's annual deaths, it said.
   
Seventy-five per cent of the suicides were reportedly committed in rural areas and the number of suicides by women is 25 per cent higher than males, which is contrary to the trend seen in developed countries where the suicide rate among males is three times more, CDC said.
   
The survey ranked suicide as the fifth leading cause of death and a primary reason for death of people aged between 15 to 34 years in China, Xinhua reported.
   
The study was released ahead of the World Suicide Prevention Day on 9 September.

(Agencies)