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Traffic Accidents Kill More Than 200 People in a Month

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Horribal Trafic Accidents

Asma al-Mohattwari

Yemeni authorities have announced a tragic statistic for traffic accidents in Yemen over the past month   August 2014. 203 people have died in accidents during the month, leaving 877 injured, including 500 in critical condition.

According to a report issued by the Security Media Center, there were 560 traffic accidents in different governorates of Yemen, 247 incident of cars crashing, 217 incident of pedestrian accidents and 96 other incidents, which resulted in the death and injury of 1,080 people from different ages.

The report estimated the material losses caused by traffic accidents during August to be about 150 million riyals. The report attributed the reasons of the traffic accidents during the month of August to excessive speed driving, and the neglect of drivers, pedestrians, and wrong overtaking, as well as non-compliance with the laws of traffic and road manners, talking to phone, chewing qat while driving, and other reasons.

The past five years, statistic says 31,360 people have died in accidents, and 76,074 have been injured, including 45 in critical condition. This is a huge number considering that it is more than twelve times the number of revolutionary youth who died during the 2011 revolution.

Official statistics claim that since 2000 until the end of 2011, Yemen witnessed 151, 253 traffic accidents in total, killing 29,000 people and leaving 193 injured. Colonel Mohammed Saleh, a security expert, says that more than 20,000 people died during the 1970s through the 1990s from the same problem.

Houria Mashhor, Minister of Human Rights explained that the Ministry of the Interior recorded the highest number of deaths during 2010, where 3,063 people died, while 2009 had the lowest year on record with 2,185 deaths. She added that apart from lost human capital, the material losses are recorded at $19 billion for the period between 2009 and 2013.