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A total of 4,732 people have died in the Northeast in 10,709 traffic accidents that took place in 2019, said a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistic.

The highest traffic accidents took place in Assam (8,651), followed by Tripura (687) and Manipur (672).

The NCRB report said Assam with 3,843 deaths is leading the list of states in Northeast with the maximum casualty.

Tripura with 271 comes second and Meghalaya with 176 comes third in the list.

The traffic accidents that have been compiled by NCRB include road accidents, railway accidents and accidents in railway crossing.

Significantly, 10,073 road accidents took place in the Northeast in 2019 with Assam (8,055) leading the list.

Manipur (672) and Tripura (655) come second and third in the list.

A total of 4,094 people died in road accidents last year with 3,245 people died in Assam, 239 people in Tripura while 176 people died of road accidents in Meghalaya.

The NCRB, however, said the number of traffic accidents in the country has decreased from 4,74,638 in 2018 to 4,67,171 in 2019.

The rate of deaths in road accidents per thousand vehicles i.e. 0.6 has remained the same as it was in 2018.

The maximum increase in the number of traffic accident cases in states from 2018 to 2019 was reported in Madhya Pradesh (from 49,080 to 53,379), followed by Rajasthan (from 22,401 to 24,281) and Uttar Pradesh (from 40,783 to 42,368).

On the other hand, the maximum decrease was reported in Tamil Nadu (from 66,110 to 59,499)

These traffic accidents resulted in injuries to 4,42,996 persons and 1,81,113 deaths during 2019.

State of Uttar Pradesh (27,661 deaths) followed by Maharashtra (18,524 deaths) and Madhya Pradesh (13,497 deaths) have reported the maximum fatalities in traffic accidents in the country.

These 3 states accounted for 15.3%, 10.2% and 7.5% of the total deaths in traffic accidents respectively and collectively accounted for 33.0% (59,682 out of 1,81,113) of total fatalities reported at all India level during 2019.

These traffic accidents comprise 4,37,396 road accidents, 27,987 railway accidents and 1,788 railway crossing accidents and caused 1,54,732, 24,619 and 1,762 deaths respectively during 2019.


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