At least 242 people were killed and 331 others injured in 201 road accidents across the country while travelling during the Eid-ul-Azha, said a platform working for passengers’ rights.
Besides, 74 people died and 39 injured and 17 remained missing in 33 accidents on waterways while one person was killed out of four train incidents, said the platform.Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity unveiled the statistics at a press conference held in Sagor-Runi Auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Sunday.
According to the passengers’ rights body, the death toll during the Eid-ul- Azha journey in 2019 was 224, 259 in 2018, while 254 in 2017 and 248 in 2016.
Compared to previous year, the number of road accidents increased though there were few public transports during the Eid festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it said.
“So the number of accidents and fatalities in connection with private vehicles has increased,” it added.
Reckless driving, risky overtaking, dilapidated roads, unfit vehicles, unskilled drivers, using mobile phones or headphones while driving and lack of awareness among road users were cited as main reasons behind road accidents in the country.
Secretary General of the platform Mozammel Haque Chowdhury read out the findings in the programme.Among others, Saiful Newaz, assistant professor of Accident Research Institute of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, spoke on the occasion.
The accident monitoring cell of the rights body prepared the statistics based on different news reports published in media.