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390 people dead in accidents in 7 days in Thailand

Bangkok (dpa) – A total of 390 people died in road accidents in
Thailand during a seven-day period around the country’s Songkran new
year festival, the government said Tuesday, according to a media
report.

The figure represents a 12-per-cent drop over the same period last
year, Interior Ministry permanent secretary Kritsada Boonraj said,
according to The Nation newspaper.

Last year, 442 people died during the holiday period.

Songkran is marked by large-scale water fights across the country,
and many people travel to their home provinces to celebrate the
traditional Thai new year with family and friends.

This year, the country saw 3,690 road accidents and 3,808 injuries
between April 11 and 17, Kritsada said, according to the Nation. Both
figures increased over last year’s numbers.

Alcohol contributed to 43 per cent of all road accidents, the
official said.

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