Number of train accidents up

Writer: 
Nyein Nyein Thu
A circular train in Yangon. (Photo- Kyi Naing)

 

The number of deaths and injuries caused by train accidents has increased due to undisciplined manners including the construction of illegal crossings, said Kyaw Kyaw Myo, General Manager of Myanmar Railways (MR)

“At least 1.5 people die from accidents every month. On average, four train-related accidents are reported per day. The number of illegal crossings are rising. The number of accidents has increased as people fail to abide by disciplines,” he added.

There are 2485 illegal level crossings nationwide, including 66 in Yangon. The MR will close illegal level crossings as they are very dangerous.

There were 74 injuries and 121 deaths in 2013-2014 FY, 88 injuries and 96 deaths in 2014-2015 FY, 57 injuries and 77 deaths in 2015-2016 FY, 77 injuries and 102 deaths in 2016-2017 FY and 70 injuries and 51 deaths in 2017-2018 FY.

Train-related accidents are: walking, lying down on the tracks and sleeping, chatting, listen to music with earphone, making phone calls, kiting, drinking alcohol on the rail tracks etc.