Over 2,200 killed, 5,800 injured in road accidents in Myanmar in just eight months


YANGON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua): A total of 2,229 people were killed, and 5,869 others were injured in connection with 4,500 road accidents in Myanmar in the first eight months of this year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Transport and Communication on Monday.

From January to August, Yangon region registered the highest mortality rate with 307 deaths, followed by Mandalay region with 274 deaths and Bago region with 256 deaths, showed the figures from the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) under the ministry.

This year saw a decrease in the number of road accident cases compared with 9,292 in the same period last year, and the death toll in road accidents decreased by 967.

Deaths and injuries related to traffic accidents remain a major concern in Myanmar, which were mostly caused by human errors such as overspeeding, negligent driving, drowsy driving and others.

In an earlier development, another four million doses of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines purchased by Myanmar arrived at Yangon International Airport on Sunday, according to a release from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar.

A total of 16.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been supplied by China to Myanmar so far, of which 3.9 million doses were donated by China, the release said.

Myanmar reported 1,534 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 458,154 cases in the country on Sunday (Sept 26) the ministry said.

The death toll has increased to 17,527 as of Sunday after 62 more deaths were reported. - Xinhua

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