Bangladesh witnessed 398 deaths on roads in 319 accidents in just 15 days during journey before and after Eid-ul-Azha this year.
The accidents and deaths recorded on Bangladesh roads during Eid-ul-Azha were highest in the last 7 years, according to a report prepared by Jatri Kalyan Samiti, a passenger welfare organization.
The report was presented by director general of the organization Mazammel haque Chowdhury Tuesday at a press briefing in the capital.
Like every year monitoring cell of the organization prepared the report on accidents during Eid trips from July 3 to 17.
According to the report in 2016, some 248 lives were lost on roads in 193 accidents. From 2017 to 2021, every year the numbers of deaths remained between 250-300 while the number of accidents between 200-250.
Mozammel haque Chowdhury said,” As there was no Covid-19 related restrictions this year the number of people travelling during Eid increased. Some 1.2 crore people left Dhaka during the Eid vacation while four crore more travelled between different districts.”
During the same period, 25 people were crushed under trains in separate places. In 10 maritime accidents, 17 people died, 15 sustained injuries while three went missing.
Jatri Kalyan Samiti prepared the report monitoring news published in widely circulated and credible national dailies, local newspapers and online.