At least 273 people were killed and 849 injured in 232 road accidents across the country while travelling during the Eid-ul-Fitr festival, according to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a platform working for passengers’ rights.
Compared to previous Eid, the number of road accidents reduced to 19.39 percent while the death toll was 24.17 percent lower and the number of injuries came down to 48.99 percent, the platform said.
Motorcycles were found to be more accident-prone mode of transport as 33 percent of all accidents were involved with the vehicle, it said.
The organisation’s Secretary General Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury unveiled the statistics at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity auditorium yesterday.
The organisation’s accident monitoring cell prepared the report.
Mozammel said journey of homebound people were smoother this year as the conditions of roads and highways were better.
Some new vessels were added to the waterways, and trains and carriages were also increased, easing sufferings of the homebound people to some extent, he said.
The accident monitoring cell of the rights body prepared the statistics based on 40 national and regional dailies and eight online news portals.