Eid journey claims 242 lives

Though movement during the eve of Eid-ul-Azha was limited this year, the road accident during this period did not wane. Before and after the Eid-ul-Azha, at least 242 persons were killed in 201 roads accidents throughout the country. 

however, the total death toll including the railway and riverine route was 317 in 238 accidents, informed Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, Secretary-General of Bangladesh Jatree Kalyan Samity at a press conference held at the auditorium of Dhaka Reporters' Unity at Segunbagicha on Sunday ( August-9). 

The report on road accidents during Eid Journey-2020 said, the road accidents during the Eid Journey every year has been increasing alarmingly every year. 

Specially, due to Coronavirus pandemic, the movement of mass-transport was limited this year but the movement of private vehicles and the small vehicles increased in the road causing an increase in road accidents as well as the death toll. 

According to the report, 26 road accidents occurred on August-4 claiming 32 lives, the highest number of road accidents during the Eid journey while there were only eight road accidents on August-8 while on July-31, 55 persons were injured in the road accidents. Of the total death toll, 106 died and 65 injured in 88 motor-bike accidents which are 43.78 per cent of the total 201 accidents. 

Mozammel Haque Chowdhry further said, though there was the movement of only 15 to 20 per cent of passengers during this Eid, the ratio of road accidents increased abnormally this year. 

He suggested, in a small country like Bangladesh with limited roads and highways, the import of small vehicles should be banned immediately and the number of buses should be increased, Moreover, the drivers should be trained, transparency and accountability of BRTA and the Traffic division should be ensured, movement of small vehicles should be controlled and mass-transport should be flourished to decrease the road accidents.