At least 322 people were killed and 759 injured in 272 road, railways and waterways accidents during this Eid-ul-Azha, according to a report compiled by the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh.
Among the causalities, 254 were killed and 696 injured in 205 road accidents in the 13-day period, between August 28 and September 9, revealed the report on Wednesday.
The association, at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital, said that they had prepared it based on reports published in 22 national dailies, six regional dailies and 10 online newspapers.
During the same period, 43 people were crushed under trains and 25 people were killed and 63 injured in 15 waterways accidents.
Presenting the report, PWAB secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said that the number of accidents was comparatively lower when the people were leaving the capital and other districts to celebrate Eid at home or other places. But the number increased when the people were making the return journey due to dilapidated highways and reckless driving, he said.
In 2016, 248 people were killed and 1,056 injured in 193 road accidents, while seven people were crushed under trains and 10 people were killed in waterways accidents during Eid-ul-Azha, Mozammel said.
According to the report, buses were involved in 37 per cent road accidents, trucks and pick-up vans in 35 per cent, three-wheelers, easy bikes and motorcycles in 23 per cent and other vehicles in 5 per cent accidents.
About 39 per cent accidents were caused by pedestrian-related causes, 33 per cent by head-on collision, and 13 per cent by losing control over the steering.
Families United against Road Accidents convener Ekram Ahmed said that waterways and railways were still neglected as modes of transportation in the country.
Senior journalist Abu Sayeed Khan urged the authorities to maintain good quality of highways and roads to reduce accidents.
Society for Emergency Medicine president Humayun Kabir said that the numbers of accidents and causalities would decrease if emergency medicine could be provided quickly for people injured in road accidents.
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik League leader Hanif Khokon demanded establishing a monthly salary system for the workers.
The association recommended formation of a cell to prevent road accidents and monitor vehicles’ speed.
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