Judicial

7 killed in Mymensingh road accident

Seven people were killed after a bus hit an auto-rickshaw at Gachtala in Tarakanda upazila of Mymensingh on Sunday.

The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

Seven passengers of the auto-rickshaw were killed on the spot after a Netrakona-bound bus from Dhaka hit the Mymensingh-bound three-wheeler around 1:30 pm, said Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Tarakanda Police Station.

A firefighting unit from Mymensingh and police went to the spot and conducted the salvage operation.

The bodies were taken to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital.

Road accidents in Bangladesh

Road accidents continue to rise in Bangladesh with the country seeing 439 deaths in 417 accidents last month, according to Road Safety Foundation (RSF), an organisation working to ensure safer roads.

RSF said 383 people were killed in 314 accidents in October last.

Nirapad Sarak Chai, a road safety advocacy group, in a report said that 5,227 people were killed in 4,702 road accidents in Bangladesh last year.

In a report released in February this year, the World Bank said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.

The report pointed to the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads caused by a chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

A World Bank report published in February this year said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.

‘Delivering Road Safety in Bangladesh’ pointed to the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads caused by chronic lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

It also identifies relevant investment priorities to reverse the trend.

The report said annual road crash deaths per capita in Bangladesh are twice the average rate for high- income countries and five times that of the best-performing countries in the world. It highlights that children and working-age population are most affected by road crash injuries in Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh