3 die, 230 injured in traffic accidents during Eid holidays
HERAT/LASHKARGAH/FARAH (Pajhwok): Three people died and more than 230 others sustained injuries in traffic accidents during three Eidul Fitr holidays in western Herat, Farah and southern Helmand provinces, medics said on Saturday.
Herat zonal hospital director Mohammad Rafique Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News 143 people injured in accidents in Herat City and districts were brought to the hospital. He said most of the injured persons were youth.
He said up to 100 injured persons would arrive at the hospital during previous Eid festivals, but this time their number reached 143.
He said another eight youth had been delivered at the hospital with stab wounds during the three days. He said most of the accidents involved motorcycles.
Traffic officials in Herat confirmed 143 people were injured in accidents during the period, but said they also claimed accidents had reduced in Herat city.
Traffic official Aminullah Mehanyar said the figures provided by the zonal hospital were correct. He said their job was to register and count the number of accidents and hospital’s job was to count the number of those injured or killed.
He said during Eid holidays they had registered 18 accidents that left 40 people injured. He said traffic accidents in Herat City had reduced by 50 percent, compared to previous years.
He said only 44000 motorcycles in Heart were documented and daily 10 containers full of motorcycles arrived in the western province from Iran, which had an impact on traffic in the city.
He said they had time and again proposed to local officials and the Interior Ministry to prevent the increasing imports of motorcycles from Iran to Heart, but failed to illicit a positive response.
Some of residents of the provincial capital expressed concern about three-wheelers driven by teenagers who knew nothing about traffic rules and their ignorance resulted in accidents.
In Helmand, 28 people were hospitalized after being injured in traffic related accidents during Eid holidays. The accidents involved motorcycles and rickshaws, according to Helmand traffic director Col. Mirza Khan Rohani.
But their injuries were not life-threatening, said officials at the provincial civil hospital in Lashkargah, the provincial capital.
In Frah province, two persons were killed and 61 others sustained injuries in traffic accidents during the holidays. Provincial public health director Dr. Abdul Jabbar Shaiq said the injuries and deaths occurred during the three-day festivities.
He also said two women and a young boy were among five people were brought to the civil hospital after being injured in celebratory firing.
Farah civil hospital chief Dr. Abdul Hakim Rasooli said among the persons injured in traffic accidents, two were in critical condition.
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