Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city, experienced more road accidents and deaths in 2012 than the previous year, police have said.
Blantyre Police assistant public relations officer Lameck Thembachako said in a statement on Wednesday the number of serious road accidents rose from 99 in 2011 to 107 in 2012. The number of serious injuries sustained in the accidents increased from 134 in 2011 to 163 in 2012.
Thembachako said most accidents happened between old Kandodo Corner Shop and Kameza along the Blantyre- Zalewa Road and between the Catholic Institute and Madziabango on the Blantyre-Chikhwawa Road.
Reads the report in part: “Police in Blantyre are concerned about the increase in fatal and serious road accidents registered in 2012 as compared to 2011. For instance, out of 53 fatal road accidents in 2012, 56 lives were lost and out of 52 fatal road accidents in 2011, 53 lives were lost.
“Out of 107 serious road accidents in 2012, 163 victims were seriously injured and out of 99 serious road accidents in 2011, 134 victims were seriously injured. This represents a 17.8 and 7.5 percent increase, respectively.