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Road crashes claim 376 lives during Eid holidays: RSF

As many as 376 lives were lost while 1500 people were injured in 283 road accidents across the country during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, according to a report.

Road Safety Foundation (RSF), an organisation that campaigns for safer roads, on Thursday revealed this information in a new report on accidents on Bangladesh’s roads from April 25 to May 8.

Besides, at least five people were killed and two others injured while two went missing in seven waterways accidents. Ninteen people killed and three others injured in 17 train accidents during the period.

The report was prepared based on accident reports carried by nine national dailies, seven online news portals and electronic media.

Of the total deceased, 38 were women and 51 were children.

A total of 156 people were killed in 128 accidents involving motorbikes, which accounted for 41.48 per cent of the total deaths.

According to the RSF findings, at least 54 pedestrians were killed in road accidents, which accounted for 14.36 percent of the total deaths.

Some 49 drivers and their assistants were also subjected to road fatalities and that is 13 per cent of the total deaths.

Of the total accidents, 132 accidents occurred on the national highways, 87 on regional highways and 41 on rural roads and 23 on city roads, the report said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh