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273 lives lost on roads during Eid journey

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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At least 273 people were killed and 447 others injured in 240 road accidents in the 15 days before and after the Eid-ul-Azha this year.

Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity disclosed this at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Friday.

They also revealed that 11 were killed and five injured in nine railway-related accidents while 13 more died, 36 suffered injuries and 21 went missing in accidents on waterways between July 14 and 28.

Members of the road accidents monitoring cell of the organisation prepared the report collecting information from widely published and trustworthy national, regional, daily newspapers and online portals over the 15 days covered.

Speaking on the occasion Secretary General Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury said, “The number of motorcycle accidents was the highest. At least 91 people were killed and 59 were injured in 87 motorcycle accidents during this time, 36.25 percent of the total number of accidents and 34.06 percent of total deaths.”

“Among the victims were 106 drivers (87 dead), 19 transport workers (16 dead), and 64 were pedestrians (53 dead)”, he also said.

He said, "Despite limited movement of people in the strict lockdown, the number of road accidents and deaths has increased comparatively during this Eid due to the lack of surveillance by the concerned authorities."

He strongly demanded that the government prioritize road safety and take necessary measures.

According to the report, 27 of the deceased were women, 17 were children, nine students and nine teachers.

Head-on collisions comprised 25.83 percent of the accidents while in 44.25 percent cases vehicles hit pedestrians from behind and 18.33 percent accidents occurred while the vehicles veered off the roads after drivers lost control.

Among the accidents, 33.33 percent occurred on national highways while 43.33 percent on regional highways and 18.33 percent on feed roads.