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Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:07
The number of road-related accidents and deaths has gone up in October compared with the same period last year, according to the figures released by Ministry of Railways.
There have been 7,637 cases of road accidents with 2,185 deaths in October 2012, while there were 7,227 road accidents and 2,065 deaths in the same period last year.
The death toll from accidents was highest in Mandalay and Bago regions.
Road safety experts have warned that the increasing number of population and vehicles in Myanmar has become a threat to society.
Myanmar has agreed to participate in the UN General Assembly’s “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” that aims to lower traffic-related deaths around the world.
Road accident poses a more serious threat than natural disasters among developing countries and underdeveloped ones, while developed countries spend sufficient budget for road safety measures, according to the report of the World Health Organisation.
Accident cases were highest in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, Magwe and Ayeyawaddy regions, while deaths were highest in Mandalay, Bago and Yangon regions.
Less developed states such as Kayah and Chin have the lowest record of road-related accidents and deaths.