168 killed, 283 hurt in Eid-time road accidents

168 killed, 283 hurt in Eid-time road accidents

At least 168 people were killed and 283 injured in 149 road accidents across the country during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays despite a lockdown for coronavirus pandemic, says a report published on Friday.

On the other hand, 17 people were killed and 45 went missing in six waterway accidents, according to the report.

The Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh published the report at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital.

The association compiled the figures monitoring the media reports during 13 days between May 19 and May 31.

This year the Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated on May 25 when a ban on all public transports on roads, railways and waterways continued.

The government only allowed public movement on private vehicles during the Eid festival.

As per the PWAB report the highest number of road accidents occurred on Eid day when 21 people were killed and 48 were injured in 20 accidents.

Presenting the report, PWAB secretary-general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, said that the number of fatal accidents in lockdown proved that training was necessary for private car drivers also.

Among the road-accident victims 45 were drivers, 28 pedestrians, 27 other transport workers and 19 were students.