Major accidents occurred in Lumbini and Karnali states immediately after Tihar. Thirty people have been killed in 70 accidents in these two states. At least 22 people have been killed in Karnali and eight in Lumbini. Thirty people have lost their lives in a road accident that took place between 15 and 21 October.
Although the number of road accidents is less in Karnali than in Lumbini, the human toll has increased. According to the Karnali State Traffic Police Office, Surkhet, 22 people were killed in 26 road accidents during the festival. According to the office, the highest number of human casualties has been reported in Karnali.
At least 13 people have been killed in a road accident in Salyan during the festival. Thirteen people have been killed in three road accidents in Salyan in a week. Although the number of vehicles involved in accidents in Salyan is less, the human loss has increased.
More human casualties have been reported in road accidents in Jajarkot after Salyan in Karnali province during the festival. According to the State Traffic Police Office, five persons were killed in two road accidents in Jajarkot during the last one week.
Similarly, four persons were killed in 16 road accidents in Surkhet. According to the police, 16 small and big vehicles have met with accidents in Surkhet in a period of one week. At least 36 people have been injured in road accidents in Surkhet during the festival.
Similarly, 29 persons were injured in Salyan and nine in Jajarkot. Five persons were injured in three road accidents in Mugu and one each in Dailekh and Rukum West.
Similarly, road accidents have taken place in all the districts of Lumbini except Arghakhanchi and Palpa. Twelve people have been killed in road accidents in Banke, Bardiya, Gulmi, Rolpa, West Nawalparasi, Pyuthan, East Rukum, Kapilvastu and Rupandehi.
Humanitarian damage has increased in Rupandehi and Dang of Lumbini province. Four people have been killed in five road accidents in Rupandehi during the festival and two in five road accidents in Dang.
Similarly, two persons were killed in five road accidents in Bardiya. One died in five road accidents in Kapilvastu, one in nine road accidents in Nawalparasi West, one in five road accidents in Kapilvastu and one in four road accidents in Gulmi.
There have been 44 road accidents in Lumbini province in the last seven days. At least 37 people have been seriously injured and 23 others have suffered minor injuries in road accidents in 10 districts of the state including Dang.
Chief of the Lumbini State Traffic Police Office, SP Yogendra Singh Thapa, said that the number of road accidents has increased due to narrow roads, traffic congestion, negligence of drivers and old vehicles. “During the festive season, there is a lot of passenger pressure and more accidents when driving at high speeds,” he said. “Roads and vehicles make travel more unsafe.”