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2,000 lives lost to road accidents in 6 months

2,000 lives lost to road accidents in 6 months

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Feb 17, 2014 - 18:32

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least 2,000 people have been killed during the last six months in traffic accidents in the country, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) revealed on Monday.

Officials of Public Works Department, traffic police, civil societyinfo-icon organisations and AIHRC met in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, and discussed the factors behind road accidents.

Hawa Alam Nuristani, the AIHRC provincial head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the figures were based a survey, which was aimed to ascertain the causes of road mishaps. She cited dilapidated roads and reckless driving as the main factors.

A similar survey would be conducted in other parts of the country as well, she added. An official of traffic police acknowledged road mishaps in Balkh had witnessed a 50 percent surge this year.

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