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Daikundi accidents cause nearly 100 casualties in 10 months

Daikundi accidents cause nearly 100 casualties in 10 months

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Traffic accidents have resulted in 96 casualties in Daikundi province in the first 10 months of the current year, local officials say.

There have been 13 accidents in the province since the beginning of the year, killing 39 people and wounding 57 others, including womeninfo-icon and children, according to provincial authorities.

Rahmatullah Ebrahimi, traffic chief for the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News the dead included 14 women, five children and 11 men.

He added road accidents in the province showed an increase, compared to last year. In the previous year, there were a total of 11 accidents, which resulted in 18 deaths and as 36 injuries.

Ebrahimi linked the spike in road accidents to drivers' negligence and lousy roads.

Meanwhile, residents voiced their concernsat the loss of lives increasing traffic accidents. They also slammed the government’s failure to repair roads.

Ishaq Ali, a family member of one victim from Khadir district, told Pajhwok most traffic accidents were caused traffic road congestion. He lamented the government’s inability to repair roads in the district.

Mohammad, a resident of Kiti district who lost three relatives in a traffic accident this year, said: "Roads are in bad shape; drivers are careless and heavy vehicles ply dilapidated roads.”

He went on to accuse the government of failing to regulate the movement of heavy vehicles. As a result, he said, tragedies on roads were on the increase.

Civilsociety activist Najibullah Najibalso tied increasing road accidents in the province to negligence of drivers,old passenger vehicles and lousy roads.

He called on the government to take serious measures to reduce traffic accidents, saying: "People have been victimsof the war on the one hand and lose lives to traffic accidents on the other."

Daikundi has rough geography and impassable and slippery roads, all roads. Every year, traffic accidents leave many people dead and wounded.

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