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459 die, 618 injured in road accidents in August

| Updated: September 16, 2020 22:13:53

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Some 459 people were killed and 618 others injured in 388 road accidents in August across the country, according to study of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity.

Besides, 14 people died and three others were injured in 15 railway accidents, and 80 died, 52 were injured as well as 31 remained missing in 41 waterway accidents during the period, said the association on Wednesday.

The accident monitoring cell of the passenger welfare association prepared the report based on news items of the national newspapers and other media.

Among the deceased, 167 were drivers, 110 pedestrians, 63 women, 34 children, 32 students, and 17 were transport workers. 

Of the total road accidents, 28.98 per cent were from motorbikes, 21.61 per cent from truck and covered van, 16.12 per cent from bus, 8.78 per cent from CNG-run auto rickshaw, 9.77 per cent from battery-run auto rickshaw, 7.71 per cent Nasimon and Karimon, and 7.03 per cent from car-jeep-microbus, the statement added.

Among the road crashes, 48.96 per cent took place on local highways, 28.86 per cent on national highways, and 14.69 per cent on feeder roads.

Some 5.15 per cent of the total road accidents in the month took place in Dhaka alone.

Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, secretary general of Jatri Kalyan Samity, said in the statement that battery-run rickshaw, easy bikes were seen occupied on the main roads which caused the increased road accidents.

He also blamed the damaged road condition for the accidents across the country.

Besides, the number of motorcycle is constantly increasing and reckless movement is becoming a major threat to the road safety, he observed.

Moreover, irregularities, corruption, and lack of accountability of the agencies were also responsible for the accidents.

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