‘331 killed in road crashes during Eid rushes’

Staff Correspondent

24 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

At least 331 people were killed and 722 injured in 323 accidents across the country during the Eid holidays in the last 15 days.

Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS) disclosed their findings at a press conference at National Press Club in the capital on Sunday.

“As operation of public transport was restricted, people used different small vehicles like private car, microbus, motorcycle, auto- rickshaw, truck, pickup, and covered van to reach their destinations. The number of accidents increased as small vehicles are more prone to accidents than bigger vehicles,” said BJKS Secretary General Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury.

“We made the report following the accidents that took place between May 7 and 21. According to the report, at least 323 people died and 622 people sustained injuries in 318 road accidents across the country,” he also said.

Besides, two people died in two rail accidents and six people died and 100 were injured in three waterway accidents during this time, according to the report.

According to the report, most accidents were related to motorcycle crashes like the previous year in the country. At least 139 people died and 199 got injured in 144 motorcycle accidents during this time. The figures account for 45.28 percent of the total accidents and 43.03 percent of total deaths.

According to their report, 121 people died during Eid-ul-Fitr rush in 2016, 205 in 2017, 277 in 2018, 232 in 2019, and 149 in 2020.

The organisation also advocated a seven-point recommendation to reduce the number of accidents in the country.