Above 100 traffic accidents occur in Kandahar during Eid days
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): More than 100 traffic accidents took place during the three-day Eidul Fitr holiday in southern Kandahar province, leaving two persons dead and 126 others wounded, public health officials said on Monday.
Kandahar public health department spokesman Nadir Askari told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of accidents taking place during Eid had been registered at the Mirwais Zonal Hospital alone.
He said two persons had been killed and 126 others wounded during the accidents. The injured included 40 children and 19 women.
He said of the injured, 35 persons remained hospitalized. He said most of the accidents involved motorcycles and rickshaws.
Askari said the figures showed the number of accidents taking place during Eids had reduced this year compared to previous years. But still a lot of work was needed to further reduce the number of accidents, he said.
The official said 12 people were brought to the Mirwais hospital after being injured in clashes over family and personal disputes during Eid holidays.
He called traffic accidents a huge threat to people lives after the conflict and landmine blasts. He said many people often lost limbs and got permanently disabled in traffic accidents.
But Kandahar traffic official Col. Mohammadullah Khan rejected that more than 100 accidents had taken place during Eid holidays. He acknowledged only one accident that took place on the Kandahar-Heart highway in Maiwand district.
He said two persons were killed and three others wounded in that accident. “We witnessed a fewer number of accidents in Kandahar this Eid as compared to the previous Eids due the increase in number of traffic posts and awareness message through the media.”
He said they impounded more than 500 motorcycles during the past sometime over accidents and violations of traffic rules and did not return them to their owners until they completed all the legal requirements.
He also said during the past four months, 1655 civilians and security officials were imparted driving training and were issued driving licenses after completing their training.
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