According to the statistics released by Najeeb Yousuf Zehri, a social worker from Balochistan, 949 traffic accidents have occurred in Balochistan that have resulted in 109 deaths and 1433 injuries in June.
Zehri said that owing to the dilapidated and narrow roads, traffic accidents have become commonplace in Balochistan. These accidents have resulted in hundreds of deaths and crippling injuries.
He said that the facts and figures only accounted for the fatal and near-fatal traffic accidents that occurred in Balochistan in June. The Youth and Civil Society has presented a larger and much alarming figure. He said that some information has been obtained from PPHI that will be published in the annual report.
The aforesaid statistics present the following figures for different cities of Balochistan:
Khuzdar: 234 traffic accidents that resulted in 13 deaths and 336 injuries.
Lasbela: 358 accidents that resulted in 16 deaths and 445 injuries.
Quetta & Pasheen: 81 accidents that resulted in 13 deaths and 117 injuries.
Kalat, Mastung and Soorab: 189 accidents that resulted in 14 deaths and 310 injuries.
Chaman and its environs: 12 accidents that killed 7 people and injured 31.
Bolan, Sibi and their subdivisions: 20 accidents that resulted in 13 deaths and 55 injuries.
Turbat, Gwadar, Panjgur and their subdivisions: 27 accidents that killed 17 and injured 67.
Kharan, Besema and their environs: 15 accidents resulted in 11 deaths and 38 injuries.
Zhob, Loralai and their environs: 13 accidents that killed 5 and injured 34.
Zehri concluded that frequent traffic accidents are attributable to the narrow highways and dilapidated roads. He also said that carelessness of the drivers is another major cause of traffic accidents.
It is pertinent to mention that the BAP-led government announced in 2019 to establish medical centers on the narrow highways to provide first-aid to the accident victims until further assistance arrives. So far, no medical centre has been constructed and people die in droves in accidents.