The number of accidents continues to rise on Rolpa’s rural roads constructed in unsystematic ways, causing huge losses of lives and properties every year. Most of roadways in inner and rural parts of the district are congested and unsystematic.
The District Police Office (DPO), Rolpa’s statistics show that in 20 road accidents occurred in the fiscal year 2015-16, seven people had lost their lives while 12 had been left severely injured. The district recorded 36 road accidents last fiscal year and the death toll was five. At least 27 people sustained injuries above the normal range.
Until the first eight months of the current fiscal year, eight people were killed and two were severely injured while 10 sustained minor injuries in separate eight accidents happened in this period.
Accidents involving tractors are on the rise in byways in this hilly district that lies in Province 5. A school child had died few days ago at Hyama after being hit by a tractor carrying members of a wedding ceremony.
The Office said increasing road casualties in the district has drawn its concern and preventive measures are being taken to cope with the situation. Traffic awareness classes in schools, one minute with driver program and discussion with passengers about driver’s behavior have been implemented in the district to reduce road accidents, the Office said. Traffic accident rate is relatively very low in urban and blacktopped roads than in rural and gravel roads in the district.