African Press Association

Thousands perish on African roads



MAPUTO – MORE than 1 000 Africans are perishing in motor accidents caused by poor road networks in the continent.

This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which indicates Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia have the deadliest roads, in that order.

An estimated 8 173 Mozambicans died on the roads last year.

The figures might increase if government does not take steps to avert the carnage.

Malawi, is the second deadliest roads in the continent with 35 people in every 100 000 dying on the roads while Liberia recorded an estimated 1 448
deaths in 2015 representing an average of 33,7 percent of people dying in every 100,000 on the streets.

DRC lost 22 419 people while Tanzania saw 16 211 people die during the same year with CAR recording 1 495 deaths.

In Rwanda, WHO recorded 3 782 deaths on the country’s roads, representing a 32,1 percent of road fatalities last year despite the country being
tiniest of the five.

WHO indicated that daily, a person dies on the roads every 30 seconds globally, with the African fatalities being the worst.

Most of the victims are those travelling by car (1 060 deaths) while 786 motorcyclists and 752 pedestrians lose their lives on daily basis.

– CAJ News