KATHMANDU, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Ten people lost their lives in road accidents that occurred in Kathmandu valley during the lockdown period in Nepal despite restricted vehicular movement in the country, officials said Friday.
Nepal has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 24 limiting vehicular movement to essential services.
"During the last 51 days, 255 vehicles have met accidents inside the Kathmandu valley resulting in 10 human casualties," said Superintendent of Police Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, who is also spokesperson at Traffic Police. In the accidents, seven people were severely injured and 64 sustained normal injuries.
Though the number of accidents comparatively went down, the fatality rate remained consistent. An average of 13 people lost their lives to road accidents monthly in the current fiscal year.
"The fatalities were caused by collision of vehicles and some had collided with poles or other structures beside the road," he said, adding "25 drivers were also found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol during the lockdown period."
Traffic Police has stationed checkpoints at various locations to minimize the risk of accidents. "If the drivers are found to be violating traffic rules, we counsel the drivers about the risks and precautionary measures they can adopt to save themselves from meeting accidents," Shrestha told Xinhua.
According to Nepal Traffic Police, a total of 9,203 accidents were reported as of Thursday in the current fiscal year 2019/20, in which 131 lost their lives.
Similarly, 254 people lost their lives in the fiscal year 2018/19 due to road accidents whereas the number was 194 in the fiscal year 2017/18. Enditem