Muscat: A considerable dip was witnessed in the number of road accidents, deaths and injuries in Oman during the first three months of this year, compared to the previous year, as per the data released by National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) on Monday.
As per statistics, a 24.4 per cent dip was recorded in the number of accidents, 15.6 per cent dip in the number of injuries and 6.2 per cent dip in the number of deaths during the January to March period this year, when compared to the same period of last year.
In January this year, the number of road accidents was 568, while it was 529 in February and 512 in March.
While 2,129 accidents were recorded during the first three months of 2013, that number came down to 1,609 during the same period this year.
During the first three months of 2013, 226 lives were lost, while 212 died during the first three months of this year.
However, there was a 4.9 per cent increase in the number of expatriates losing their lives in road accidents during the first three months when compared to the same period in the previous year.
In 2013, 7,201 road accidents claimed 905 lives.
Meanwhile, accidents in Ibri and Quriyat on Monday claimed four lives. Two Omanis and two Iranians died in two different accidents. The Ibri accident occurred at around 1.30pm in Al Homaniya area where a pick-up vehicle and a BMW saloon driven by an Omani collided.
According to an official of the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA), the Omani and an Iranian died on the spot while the other Iranian succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Meanwhile, a collision at around 6pm in Quriyat claimed the life of one more Omani and left another critically injured.
"One of the injured victims was rushed to the hospital in a PACDA ambulance while the other was brought by the public," PACDA claimed.
Highest fatality rate
Last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) referred to Oman in its report as the country with the highest fatality rate from road accidents in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the third highest in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
According to the Global Road Safety Report 2013, Oman registered 30.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010.
This figure had put the Sultanate third after Iran and Iraq which have 34.1 and 31.5 per cent fatality rate, respectively, in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
According to the WHO report, the Eastern Mediterranean region has the second highest road death rate in the world after the African region. In the GCC, Bahrain recorded the lowest rate of 10.5 per 100,000 people.
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