|The Vam Cong Ferry Station in An Giang Province was packed on Saturday due to an increase in the number of buses from An Giang and Kien Giang to Can Tho. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Mao
HA NOI (VNS) — At least 210 people were killed in traffic accidents so far since the start of Tet holiday, according to the latest report by the National Committee on Traffic Safety released on Saturday.
As many as 334 accidents occurred throughout the eight days of the biggest holiday in Viet Nam, which started from February 6 this year. More than 300 people were reported injured in those traffic accidents.
The numbers, however, were said to have declined compared to those of the same period last year. The number of accidents was down by 162, or about 32 per cent from 2015, while the deaths and injures decreased by 80 and 151 people respectively.
All the accidents took place on land only, with no cases reported in aviation or on waterways.
During Tet, traffic police handled a total of 4,290 violation cases, collecting fines of more than VND1 billion (US$44,400).
Yesterday marked the last day of the nine-day long holiday, of which the traffic was forecast to continue being overloaded with people returning to the cities from their hometowns.
On Saturday or the sixth day of Tet, the traffic congestion was serious in the National Road No.1 in Tien Giang Province as citizens flocked back to HCM City. The situation was also the same in the National Road No. 62 in Long An province.
Local residents said that more people were returning to HCM City that day, causing the heavy traffic. Several people traveling from Mekong Delta to HCM City use National Road No. 62 to avoid traffic jams instead of National Road No. 1.
Yet traffic was congested on both roads for several hours. Motorbike riders had to spend half an hour to pass a bridge.
Things did not get better in Ha Noi either. Photos showing lines of jammed cars and motorbikes stretching kilometres on main roads leading to Ha Noi went viral on the internet on Saturday.
Another separate report by the Ministry of Health showed that 10 were killed in fighting in the first six days of the holiday. They were among a total of nearly 3,400 people hospitalised for fighting. The figure was slashed by half to last year's, when 6,200 people were hospitalised after picking fights during Tet.
Meanwhile, hospitals across the country had to take in nearly 2,000 drinkers due to alcohol poisoning. — VNS