Hundreds killed on Vietnam's roads during Lunar New Year

Vietnamese authorities reported hundreds of deaths from traffic accidents during the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, a news report said Monday.

Between February 6 and 14, the National Traffic Safety Committee logged 408 accidents involving 300 deaths and 380 injuries during Vietnam’s busiest holiday season, Tuoi Tre News reported.

With many of the country's 90 million citizens travelling to visit relatives, roads become unusually congested throughout the country.

This year’s traffic death toll was slightly lower than 2015’s holiday season, which saw 317 deaths.

Fighting also claimed lives during this year’s holiday period, with the Ministry of Health reporting 13 deaths and 5,100 hospitalizations due to physical confrontations between February 6 and 13.

Hoang Ba Thinh, lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Hanoi, told Tuoi Tre News that fights during the Lunar Holiday period was “nothing unusual,” with alcohol sometimes playing a role.

Last update: Mon, 15/02/2016 - 11:54

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