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113 killed under wheels of trains in 6 months

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:14, Jul 10,2020 | Updated: 00:53, Jul 11,2020

 
 

At least 113 people, including 26 women and 11 children, were killed and 15 others injured in 105 railway accidents across the country in the past six months, says a joint report prepared by two rights bodies.

Green Club of Bangladesh and National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways prepared the report based on news published in 24 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and nine online news portals and news agencies, said a press release issued on Friday.

The train service was suspended for nearly two months between late March and late May due to coronavirus outbreak, the release said.

Lack of people›s awareness and poor maintenance of level crossings and railway bridges by the authorities, among other issue, contribute to the continuation in railway accidents, it said.

According to the report, 29 people, including four women and five children, lost their lives in 26 accidents in January.

42 accidents occurred in February alone, in which 44 people were killed and seven others injured. Among the deceased, 14 were women and two were children.

In March, 19 people, including six women and two children, died and eight others were injured in 18 accidents.

Four accidents took place in May killing four people. Among the deceased, three were women and one was child.

17 people, including one woman and two children, were killed in 15 accidents in June.

NCPSRR general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said that the GCB and the NCPSRR identified five major reasons behind the railway accidents.

The reasons include use of mobile phones by pedestrians while walking on rail tracks, lack of pedestrians› awareness, negligence of railway employees, poor maintenance of level-crossings, and poor maintenance of rail tracks and rail bridges.

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