339 killed, 1,265 injured in road crashes during Eid: report

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:45, Jun 30,2018 | Updated: 00:41, Jun 30,2018

 
 

Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh holds a press conference on road accidents at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Friday. — New Age photo

At least 339 people were killed and 1,265 injured in 277 road crashes across the country during the last Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, says a report published on Friday.
Besides, 25 people were killed, 55 missing and nine more injured in 18 waterways accidents while 35 people were killed under train, four were killed after train hit them and two died after falling from roof of train, as per the report.
Compared with previous years, the number of accidents and causalities increased during this Eid, said the report published by Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh in a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Rights activists have blamed tendency not to go by laws and lack of monitoring and management of the authorities.
The association compiled the report based on reports of national and regional dailies and online news portals of the country between June 11 and June 23 in 2018.
While presenting the report, PWAB secretary general Md Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury said that at least 405 people lost their lives and 1,274 were injured in 335 roads, railways and waterways accidents across the country this Eid.
He said the numbers of accidents and causalities increased this year as there was no monitoring during people’s return journey.
In a single day on June 23, 62 people were killed and 198 injured in road crashes, he said.
The report said 34 per cent road accidents involved head-on collision, 32.7 per cent involved pedestrians,13 per cent had occurred after vehicles fell into roadside ditches and 20 per cent were due to other reasons.
Of the total road accidents during the period, buses were involved in 18.89 per cent, trucks and covered vans 16.39 per cent, motorcycles 15.28 per cent, battery-run easy bikes and rickshaws 13.06 per cent, shallow engine-driven Nasimon and Karimon 12.22 per cent, cars and microbuses 8.33 per cent, auto-rickshaws 6.67 per cent and other vehicles 9.16 per cent.
In 2016, at least 186 people were killed and 848 injured in road crashes, which increased to 274 and 746 respectively in 2017.
As for those killed under train in 2016, the number was only three, which jumped to 34 in 2017.
In waterways, 11 people were killed and 18 injured in 2016 while three people were killed and 14 injured in 2017.
Rights activist Sultana Kamal said the tendency not to abide by laws and lack of self-control and sense of duty towards society and state were evident not only on roads but also in all spheres of life.
‘The state is not trying to address this problem with due importance,’ she said.
About prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent directives to check road accidents, she said she was waiting to see if those who always praised the PM would follow and take initiatives to implement the directives.
She also stressed the importance of people being more aware of their own responsibility while the state must ensure security of all people.
PWAB also blamed movement of unfit, illegal and slow-moving vehicles, passenger carrying on goods vehicles, exhausted and inapt transport workers, reckless driving and potholes on highways and roads for road accidents.
The press conference was attended, among others, by former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Ayubur Rahman Khan and Supreme Court advocate Jyotirmoy Barua. 

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