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Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by codeworks(m): 7:44am On Mar 01, 2013
This is the moment a newspaper photographer trying to take a snap of heavy fog that had blanketed a bridge captured a couple’s suicide leap.

The photographer had been standing on a viewing platform ready to take a snap of the fog shrouded bridge across the Wuhan Yangtze River in Wuhan, at Hubei province in central China.

He said: ‘The mist was so thick on the bridge so large that it looked as if the bridge was standing on and disappeared into air. Like a bridge into nothingness.



Pictured: A person jumps off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in Hubei province




Police identified the man from some of the possessions he left at the top and said he was a 20-year-old migrant worker named as Liu Han

‘To be honest I didn’t even see the first person jump because I was concentrating so much on the camera settings and I didn’t realise at first that I had snapped the man jumping to his death

‘It was only then after snapping the photograph that I heard someone shout that somebody had jumped. I heard him hit the water below and then seconds later a woman climbed onto the bridge and jumped as well.

‘I was totally paralysed – there was no way I could get anywhere near her, I still had my hand on the camera and I tensed and shot off another few frames entirely by accident – but ended up photographing the woman as well.’

Police identified the man from some of the possessions he left at the top and said he was a 20-year-old migrant worker named as Liu Han, and believed that the girl who has not yet been identified was his lover.

It is not known why the pair had made a pact to throw themselves to their deaths.

The boy’s uncle contacted by telephone said that he knew the young man was struggling to make a living and he can only assume that it was money that was the problem – as without an income it would have been difficult for him to settle down with the young woman.

Police who searched the river after seeing the photographic evidence that the pair jumped failed to find either of the bodies and after dark the search was called off.

A police spokesman added: ‘That is a 40 metre drop – it is extremely unlikely that either of them are still alive.’

Suicide rates among young people are high in China, where a person tries to kill themselves every two minutes, the government says.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, China’s suicide rate is 22.23 people out of every 100,000.

About 287,000 people kill themselves in the country of 1.3 billion every year, while about two million try to commit suicide annually.

The disease control centre said suicide is the biggest killer among Chinese aged 15 to 34.

The photographer had been standing on a viewing platform ready to take a snap of the fog shrouded bridge
Extreme pressure to perform well at school and to find employment were the main reasons behind the high rate of suicide among China’s youths, media said.

The suicide rate in rural areas is three times higher than in urban centres and accounts for 75 per cent of China’s suicide total, it said.

According to the Guangzhou Daily, the number of suicides in China has risen sharply during the reform and open period, when the nation’s economy has boomed and tall buildings and structures like buildings have been built.

Many spots such as the Wuhan Yangtze bridge have been dubbed a ‘lovers’ leap’ after the number of couple who have committed suicide there.

In 2009, the British medical journal The Lancet identified Lithuania, Finland, Latvia, Hungary, China, Japan and Kazakhstan as all having exceptionally high rates of suicide, 20 per 100,000 people or higher.

- UK Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285858/Chinas-lovers-leap-Horrified-photographer-captures-suicide-couple-flinging-bridge-Yangtze-tried-picture-fog.html
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Brandnew2(m): 7:50am On Mar 01, 2013
That is some serious social issue the Chinese government got in their hands. Thank God we don't have such issues here in Nigeria.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by codeworks(m): 8:02am On Mar 01, 2013
Brand_new: That is some serious social issue the Chinese government got in their hands. Thank God we don't have such issues here in Nigeria.


our employment rate is alarming and government is not doing anything to address unemployment. we have the resources and technical-no-how...
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by slimyem: 8:45am On Mar 01, 2013
Brainless Romeo and Juliet..undecided

The picture of the bridge would have made for a nice picture if the suiciders weren't captured in it.undecided

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by toba: 8:45am On Mar 01, 2013
slimyem: Brainless Romeo and Juliet..undecided

The picture of the bridge would have made for a nice picture if the suiciders weren't captured in it.undecided
embarassed
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Okijajuju1(m): 9:38am On Mar 01, 2013
WHY?! Why?? WHY!!!

So many people could have benefited from their spare parts..

E.g: Heart, Lungs, Kidney, Liver, Eyes, e.t.c for medical purposes.. Then their b'reasts, blokus, pkekus, tongue, e.t.c for Ogwu Ego and other ritual purposes..




What a waste of valuable spare parts!! angry

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Kaxmytex(m): 9:40am On Mar 01, 2013
When are dey commin back? cry

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by blazingtrain: 9:41am On Mar 01, 2013
Na wa 4 dese people sef.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by ebamma(m): 9:47am On Mar 01, 2013
Brand_new: That is some serious social issue the Chinese government got in their hands. Thank God we don't have such issues here in Nigeria.
Who tell u, we nigerians value our life more than anything no matter how hard life be with us, our believe is that one day e go better that's why we no dey commit suicide

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Nobody: 9:48am On Mar 01, 2013
Nigeria is slowly getting to this stage, i have met alot of students in my school who at one point or the other contemplated on committing suicide. It is just a matter of time!

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by dridowu: 9:49am On Mar 01, 2013
True Love
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by mysticgal(f): 9:50am On Mar 01, 2013
wow,sucide rate in china is alarming.but will sucide solve the problem you are running from?ofcourse No.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by braxjay: 9:50am On Mar 01, 2013
there are better and faster ways to commit suicide. this is show off or probably just a stunt.

ha if u wan die just chop rat poison, that one na direct ticket to ur creator grin grin grin no visa rejection

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Nobody: 9:50am On Mar 01, 2013
ebamma: Who tell u, we nigerians value our life more than anything no matter how hard life be with us, our believe is that one day e go better that's why we no dey commit suicide
you are entitled to your own opinion!
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by fradig: 9:50am On Mar 01, 2013
Hmmmm.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Nobody: 9:52am On Mar 01, 2013
mysticgal: wow,sucide rate in china is alarming.but will sucide solve the problem you are running from?ofcourse No.
lol it will, when someone dies, he leaves all the wahalas behind
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Akpaife(m): 9:52am On Mar 01, 2013
Sometin must be wrong somewhere
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by eforce: 9:53am On Mar 01, 2013
while it is good to know that Nigerians are not this silly, to jump to their death over minor issues, it is also pertinent to note
that there are a lot of youths today, totally confused about their lives and how to move forward. Here is a post that can help.

http://www.elijahforce.blogspot.com/2013/02/rules-of-life-in-youth-development.html
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Nobody: 9:53am On Mar 01, 2013
Blood___is in the air
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Exponental(m): 9:54am On Mar 01, 2013
Chinese couple n bridge........was it not dis same wk we saw nak.ed couple on d bridge? Na dem sabi...
Overpopulation dey worry dem!
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Soso990240(m): 9:55am On Mar 01, 2013
Must they comit suicide?why cnt they endure?,unles they hav Hiv/AIDS
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Vlyrics: 9:56am On Mar 01, 2013
I contemplated commitin suicide last week but i changed my mind. Trauma can make 1 tink upside down

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Brandnew2(m): 9:57am On Mar 01, 2013
ebamma: Who tell u, we nigerians value our life more than anything no matter how hard life be with us, our believe is that one day e go better that's why we no dey commit suicide
I'm talking about social issues not economic/financial/employment issues.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by condralbede(m): 9:57am On Mar 01, 2013
I love my country...''naija'' such silly love cn nver exists.
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Sijo01(f): 9:58am On Mar 01, 2013
Na their own spoil.

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by koolkamzzy(m): 10:00am On Mar 01, 2013
Some people get mind o shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Sweetapple007(f): 10:01am On Mar 01, 2013
This one is true luv, no matter the reason that make them commmit suicide, dying together is true luv

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Okijajuju1(m): 10:01am On Mar 01, 2013
mikelreal: Nigeria is slowly getting to this stage, i have met alot of students in my school who at one point or the other contemplated on committing suicide. It is just a matter of time!

Na today people start to commit suicide for area?! ABEGI!!




For UST port-Harcourt that year, One boy jump from 2 abi 3 storey building on campus because ehn babe break-up with am.. #Sadly, ehn no die! One mumu pikin go put clothe line for ehn road wey somehow cushion ehn fall.. angry

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Re: Couple Jump-Off Bridge In China In Suicide Pact by Regiblinkz(m): 10:03am On Mar 01, 2013
Jumping things...did they die for love

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