Eid holidays: 3 killed, 97 wounded in Kandahar accidents
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Three women have died and 97 other people sustained injuries in traffic accidents during Eidul Azha holidays in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Saturday.
Most of the victims were women and children, said Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the accidents took place in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, and districts.
He said the injured included 51 adults and 46 children.
Kandahar public health director Dr. Ahmadullah Faizi also confirmed receiving about 100 injured people at the Mirwais Hospital. Three of them had died and the rest treated for their injuries, he said, fearing some of the injured children might be paralyzed.
While officials say the casualties resulting from traffic accidents during Eidul Adha were less compared to the casualties during Eidul Fitr holidays in Kandahar.
Zwak said traffic signals had been installed on all roads and squares in Kandahar City, reducing the number of accidents.
During Eidul Fitr holidays, more than 100 traffic accidents were reported, in which six persons had died and 128 others wounded.
Residents of Kandahar expressed their concern about traffic accidents leaving 100 people killed and wounded during the three-day festival alone.
Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of Kabul Gate in Kandahar City, said his son was hit by a speedy motorcycle on the second day of Eidul Adha and he was now under treatment at hospital.
He said most of the accidents involved motorcycles and rickshaws and the traffic department should do something in this regard.
He said more accidents were reported in Kandahar during Eid holidays and on Fridays. He believed the situation would continue until violators of traffic rules were punished.
But traffic officials hold people and parents responsible for allowing their underage sons to recklessly drive motorcycles and cars.
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