March 2, 2024, Saturday
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One hundred and 78 people killed in Kathmandu road accidents

The Nepal Weekly
July 11, 2023

One hundred seventy-eight people were killed in a total of 9,683 road accidents in the Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts) in the last 11 months, as of June 15, 2023, of the fiscal year, 2022/23, according to the Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office.

Similarly, 242 people were seriously injured, and 7,363 sustained minor injuries from these accidents occurred in the Valley. Ninety-three of them died in motorcycle and scooter accidents, and 56 were pedestrians. More than half of the deceased (35 men and 43 women) were of the 17-35 age group. Negligence of the drivers, overspeeding, drink-driving, overtaking, unfavourable weather and technical problems have been attributed as causes of the accidents.

Meanwhile, four hundred nineteen people have lost their lives to lightning strikes in the past five years. Similarly, properties worth over Rs 60 million have been destroyed, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA).

Koshi Province saw highest 108 deaths from lightning strikes followed by 76 in Lumbini Province, 69 in Madhes Province, 62 in Bagmati Province, 43 in Sudurpaschim Province, 36 in Gandaki Province and 25 in Karnali Province. Three thousand one hundred and eighty-seven domestic animals were killed in the disaster, and 57 physical infrastructures have been damaged, according to NDRRMA.