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295 killed in accidents around Eid

Published : 30 Jul 2021 09:13 PM | Updated : 31 Jul 2021 01:01 AM

Within the period of 15 days before and after Eid-ul-Azha, 295 people were killed in 262 road, rail and waterway accidents in the country.  A total of 488 people were injured in these accidents. 

This is the highest number of casualties that have occurred in the last six years during the Eid holidays.

Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers' welfare platform, disclosed the information in a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unit on Friday. 

The organization prepared the report based on the news on accidents published in different online, print and electronic media. A total of 273 people were killed and 447 injured in 240 road accidents in 15 days from 14-28 July. At the same time, 11 people were killed and five injured in nine railway accidents, 11 were killed and 36 injured in 13 waterway accidents, and 21 others went missing. 

However, since the resumption of strict lockdown from July 23, the number of deaths due to road accidents started to decline from July 25.

Due to lockdown, the movement of people was limited during Eid-ul-Azha this year, but people went to the villages in a reckless manner in private cars, microbuses, motorcycles, autorickshaws, battery-powered rickshaws, truck-pickups, and covered vans. 

In the last six years during Eid-ul-Azha, a total of 1,500 people died and 4,357 were injured in 1,288 accidents.

According to the report, motorcycles are at the top of the list of accidents. A total of 9 people were killed and 59 injured in 87 motorcycle accidents during Eid, which is 36.25 percent of the total road accidents and 13.19 percent of the total casualties.