Chinese tourist injured in accident dies in Sri Lanka

A Chinese tourist injured in an accident in Malé on September 20 has passed away while undergoing treatment in Sri Lanka, reports Sun Online.

Jiyathai Joo, 50, was hit by a speeding motorbike while photographing the People’s Majlis building on Medhuziyaarai Magu. The 19-year-old motorcyclist was meanwhile taken into police custody.

After being treated at ADK hospital, the Chinese tourist was flown to Colombo, Sri Lanka the following day for treatment of head injuries. In addition to a skull fracture, the victim was reportedly bleeding internally, which could not be treated in the Maldives.

Chinese tourists have become common increasingly common in the capital in recent years, with day trips offering a change of pace from the relaxed island resorts elsewhere in the atoll.

The rapidly expanding Chinese market now accounts for around 30 percent of the one million plus visitors to the country each year.

The most frequent source of accidents involving Chinese tourists involve snorkelling incidents, with the government having previously acknowledged the need to improve safety regulations in this respect.