7,855 people were killed in 2019, an 8.07% increase over 2018, says BPWA report
The youngest member of the family, Adnan Tasin, died in a road accident near the Shewra bus stand on February 11, 2018.
He was crossing the road using a zebra crossing, when a reckless speeding bus hit him, said Ahsanullah, father of the deceased.
Like it was for Tasin, last year was the deadliest for pedestrians. The number of road accident deaths rose sharply in 2019 to more than the accident related deaths for the past two years put together.
According to a report published yesterday by a passenger rights observer group, an estimated 7,855 people were killed and a staggering 13,330 were injured in 5,516 road crashes last year.
More than 7,221 people were killed and a shocking 15,446 were injured in 5,514 road accidents in 2018, said the Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association (BPWA).
According to the data, an average of 21.6 people were killed every day in 2019. The average deaths were 19.7 in 2018.
Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, general secretary of Bangladesh Passengers' Welfare Association (BPWA) presented the report at a press conference held at the Akhtaruzzaman Lablu conference room of the Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the capital.
In 2019, he said there has been a sharp rise in road accident deaths, a significant 8.07% increase over the previous year.
An estimated 219 people died in as many as 203 accidents reported in the country's inland waterways, while 469 people were killed in 482 railway related accidents.
In river and waterway accidents, some 282 people were injured and 375 went missing, while 706 suffered injuries in rail accidents.
BPWA prepared the report, analyzing news reports on road accidents published in regional, national, and online newspapers. The organization also observed that some 30% of such accidents in the country go unreported.
Mozammel said that while the number of deaths has registered a marked increase, the number of injuries from accidents has decreased during the same time frame.
Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa) founder Ilias Kanchan, in a recent report, also made similar observations on road accident trends.
He said the roads appeared to be increasingly unsafe for pedestrians though he did not say how many pedestrians died in 2019.
Replying to a question, Mozammel said: "If we count the figures reported by police based on cases filed or general diary (GD,) which is considered as government data - only 20% of accidents made police entry.”
Director of FBCCI and Managing Director of Haq’s Bay Automobiles Ltd, Abdul Haque, and the Chairman of Drivers Training Centre, Noor Nabi Shimu, were also present at the event among others.
Highest and lowest in 2019
|Highest deaths from road accident in a day:||June 5, 36 killed, 93 injured from 22 accidents|
|Highest number of road accidents in a day:||June 15, 27 killed, 121 injured from 31 accidents|
|Highest injured from road accident in a day:||August 15, 30 killed, 221 injured from 21 accidents|
|Lowest road accidents in a day:||July 14, 2 killed, from 2 accidents|
Identity of the death
Women and children
N.B: BPWA does not clarify if a person could be included in multiple categories or not