MUSCAT — Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), the first and only registered non-government road safety organisation, recently appointed Shaima Murtadha Ali al Lawati (pictured) as the association’s first chief executive officer.
Shaima al Lawati graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a degree in Physics and pursued a career in Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds two post graduate certificates from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in Sustainable Business and Cross Sector Partnership. She undertook a number of roles and worked for more than 10 years in multinational organisations. She has initiated and led many sustainable and successful social projects.
Dr Wahid al Kharusi, Chairperson of Oman Road Safety Association, commented, “Making Oman’s roads safer is ORSA’s main objective and with Shaima’s vast experience in sustainable development and stakeholder management on board is definitely a milestone we will be capitalising on”.
MUSCAT — Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), the first and only registered non-government road safety organisation, recently appointed Shaima Murtadha Ali al Lawati (pictured) as the association’s first chief executive officer.
An accident in Dubai’s Al Wasl area claimed the life of a pedestrian as she tried to cross the road. According to eyewitnesses, the impact of the collision was so severe that the victim landed below a truck parked in a nearby parking lot.
“Many accidents have happened at this same place and this is a very unfortunate sight. She was just trying to cross the road as the confusion between two motorists proved fatal for her,” said an eyewitness.
The movement of trucks on highways is still an issue that concerns many road users. Trucks frequently block streets, cause traffic jams and have proved to be life-threatening following the recent truck explosion incident in Riyadh that claimed the lives of 22 people.
Adel Zamzami, civil defense spokesman, said that his department’s job is limited to checking the safety of trucks transporting hazardous and flammable material. He further elaborated that it is important for truck drivers to take all necessary precautions to ensure road safety.
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W.H.O. representative said that according to a
recent survey, Kenya ranked highest in the number
of traffic compared to 12 other African states
NAIROBI (Xinhua) — Kenya loses 4 billion U.S. dollars annually due to road traffic fatalities, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Friday.
WHO Kenya Country Representative Dr Custodia Mandlhate told journalists in Nairobi that the east African country loses an equivalent of five percent of its overall national wealth as a result of traffic accidents.
“Traffic crashes especially those involving motorcycles have increased noticeably and are putting a high burden on families, communities, society and the health system to the tune of four billion dollars every year,” Mandlhate said during the launch of the Social Marketing Campaign on Motorcycle helmet use in Nairobi.
The campaign is being spearheaded by WHO and the Kenyan government in order to raise awareness on the consequences of failing to wear a helmet and help boost helmet use among all riders and their passengers in order to reduce loss of lives.
She added that road traffic injuries have become an important public health concern in many parts of the world, including Kenya.
The WHO representative said that according to a recent survey, Kenya ranked highest in the number of traffic compared to 12 other African states.
She also lamented the low rate of helmet use by motorcycle riders and passengers.
“A study on motorcycle riders habits in central and Rift Valley indicated that less than one third of riders use helmets,” she added.
“Yet it has been proven that correct use of motorcycle helmets have been shown to decrease the risk and severity of injuries by about 72 per cent and decreases likelihood of death by up to 40 per cent,” Mandlhate said.
She added that the next meeting of all ministers of health of the WHO Africa Region in late November will adopt measures to assist member states to accelerate the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases including traffic related deaths.
She commended government efforts for reviewing and revising its motorcycle helmet standards to be in line with international standards.
Police Traffic Commandant Benson Kibui said that the national awareness campaign will be coupled with enhanced enforcement of traffic legislations by the law enforcing agencies in order to synergize operation.
“Kenya has already amended laws to the Traffic Act in order to stiffen penalties for those riding motorcycles without helmets,” Kibui said.
He urged all riders to desist from carrying more than one passenger at a time as it is illegal to do so.
Kibui noted that in the last six years, the number of registered motorcycles in Kenya has increased almost 40 times and in 2011 they accounted for 70 percent of all newly registered vehicles.
The police department said that in 2011, a total of 582 cases of motorcycle crashes were recorded, which represented more than seven percent of all road traffic crashes.
Minister of Health Beth Mugo said that campaign is part of the Road Safety project taking place in ten select countries with funding from the Bloomberg Foundation.
Mugo added that in Kenya, more than 3,000 people die every year as a result of road traffic injuries.
“Of these approximately, seven percent are motorcycle riders, which represents a five-fold increase over the last five years,” he said.
“Besides these deaths, hundreds of thousands are seriously injured and some end up suffering long term impairments,” she said.
Ministry of Health Head of Division of Disease Control Dr Willis Akhwale said that wearing a helmet is the minimum one should and can do to protect oneself from injuries, deaths and potential fines
Akhwale said that most public health facilities have wards that accommodate motorcycle crash victims. He noted that up to 75 percent of motorcycle riders do not put on reflective clothing or have their head lamps on as required by the law.
Ministry of Health Head of Division of Non Communicable Disease Dr Waihenya Mwangi said that road traffic crashes cause grief and suffering because victims are often young, leaving families to cope with the loss of a bread winner.
Mwangi noted between seven to ten percent of all those in surgical wards of public hospitals are injured in motorcycle accidents.
“The government has already begun the installation of cameras on major roads in order to enforce speed limits,” he said.
HYDERABAD: To prevent accidents during night time, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has started affixing retro reflective tapes (radium stickers) on all transport vehicles in the twin cities. However, the corporation is getting flak for extracting an exorbitant price for the radium sticker.
Transport vehicles would not be given fitness certificate by Regional Transport Authority ( RTA) officials until they sport retro reflective tapes. Once the facility is provided at all centres in the city, it will be extended to other districts in the state. There were over 15 lakh transport vehicles in the state.
The National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) on November 12 launched a campaign to raise awareness of traffic safety among road users along the three key sections – Hanoi-Vinh, HCM City-Can Tho, and HCM City-Vung Tau.
It is aimed at fulfilling the government’s target to reduce the number of accidents, fatalities and injures by 5-10 percent.
The campaign, the first of its kind to be held in Southeast Asia, embraces both education and coercion, with a focus on no red light going, no driving after drinking, no speeding, and no going on the wrong lane.
All forms of media, including TV, radio, printed and online newspaper, as well as banderoles, posters, exhibitions and flyers will be used in the campaign.
According to the NTSC, everyday, traffic accidents leave more than 30 people killed and hundreds of others injured.
Requiem commemorates traffic accident victims
A requiem for the peace of the souls of traffic accident victims was held at the Viet Nam Buddhism Academy in Ha Noi on Saturday.
The event was part of activities held in response to World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Accidents, which falls on the third Sunday of November.
At the ceremony, hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns and relatives of victims gathered to pray for the peace of the victims and raise awareness of the serious consequences that traffic accidents have, thus raising public understanding and observance of traffic laws.
At the requiem, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang expressed his sympathy to the families of victims. He called for people of all walks of life to abide by traffic regulations and safety, and share the loss suffered by victims’ families.
This year has seen an average of 25 people die each day on Viet Nam ‘s roads – a 17 per cent reduction on previous years.
In the first nine months of 2012, 23,200 traffic accidents were reported across the country, causing 6,657 deaths and 2,681 injuries.
In Viet Nam, over 17,700 road accidents occurred each year in the 2000-11 period, killing 11,600 people and injuring more than 16,000, according to statistics from the National Traffic Safety Committee.
Nigerian man arrested for trafficking drugs
The Customs and Police forces of HCM City have arrested a Nigerian man for trafficking drugs into Vietnam.
The customs said they discovered 250 grams of Methamphetamin while checking a parcel sent to D.T.T.N in HCM City on November 8.
The following day they caught a Nigerian man named A.D.A waiting to get the parcel from D.T.T.N in a hotel in Phu Nhuan district, HCM City.
All objects and documents gathered from him are related to a transnational drugs ring operating in Vietnam.
Suspected heroin smugglers arrested
Four people with a total of 6.2kg of heroin were arrested by the Son La Province police in three drug trafficking cases last Friday and Saturday in the province’s Moc Chau District.
Head of the province’s Drug Crime Investigation Police Department Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Le Xuan Truong said that drug crime had increased in the run up to the lunar new year.
13 killed by dengue and hand-foot- mouth diseases in HCM City
Seven patients have died by dengue fever, and six others of hand-foot-mouth disease in Ho Chi Minh City over the past week.
The HCM City Health Department says more than 11,600 people have contracted hand-foot-mouth disease, up 7 percent from a year earlier.
Municipal authorities and relevant agencies are intensifying effective measures to reduce the number of infections and deaths caused by such diseases.
Authorities seize poultry in Quang Binh
The Environmental Criminal Prevention Department and Quang Binh Traffic Police yesterday seized 15,000 chickens and ducks in central Quang Binh Province.
The poultry had not been through quarantine and were illegally transported by three coaches from Ha Noi to Quang Binh and Quang Tri for sale, according to the drivers.
The seized poultry will be sent to the provincial veterinary unit to be destroyed in line with current regulations.
More than VND400bn invested in job centres
Over VND400 billion will be earmarked for the national programme on employment and vocational training in 2013 to improve the capacity and upgrade facilities at job centres across the country.
About VND155 billion will go to 10 such centres under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, according to the Employment Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.
More than VND390 billion has been invested in the programme from 2006-2012, a department representative said at a conference in Thai Binh province on November 10.
At present 46 of job centres across the country have job trading floors. So far this year they have organized nearly 2,000 trading sessions at their headquarters and hundreds of others at their branches, serving as an effective link between labourers and employers.
Participants at the conference also reviewed the application of information technology in the centres, including e-portals, unemployment insurance software and databases for the demand and supply of jobs.
More than 34,600 people have registered as unemployed, and HCM City took the lead with nearly 8,800, followed by Hanoi with over 2,300.
Currently, 29,300 people are receiving monthly unemployment premiums and 4,200 others have been introduced to new jobs.
Delta is home to 200 illegal crocodile farms
More than 200 farms are breeding crocodiles without a license in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ca Mau.
Crocodiles raised on farms must be registered with the Provincial Forest Management Department, but many people are ignoring regulations and safety specifications, and putting people’s safety at risk.
Last month, hundreds of crocodiles escaped from a farm in the province when a fence collapsed, endangering local residents.
Philippine navy saves Vietnamese fishermen
Philippine naval forces rescued a Vietnamese fishing vessel on November 10 in waters 40 nautical miles off Balabac Island, two days after it was stranded due to engine failure.
All 11 sailors on board have been taken to Palawan Island safely.
The Vietnam National Search and Rescue Committee has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with the Philippines to provide support for the vessel. It has also asked the Maritime Search and Rescue Centre to establish communications links.
Fight against human trafficking receives a boost
A communications campaign on human trafficking was launched in Yen Bai province on November 11 to raise public awareness of the dangers of the scourge.
At the event, World Vision Vietnam and the Vietnam Women’s Union called on local Party organisations, administrations, social organisations, and media agencies to join the fight against human trafficking, helping increase general vigilance and their knowledge relating to the issue.
They provided local people with the necessary skills, including preventative measures, to deal with this crime, as well as information on the risk of unsafe migration.
A representative of the Yen Bai administration vowed to intensify efforts in communications and education, while also launching operations to crack down on human traffickers.
He said the police will serve as the vanguard in breaking up human trafficking rings. Provincial organisations, including the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Women’s Union, will receive and support returnees in stabilising their lives and integrating into the community.
The trafficking in people, especially women and children, is increasing globally. Women and children are vulnerable the deceptions surrounding the traps of prostitution, third-party reproduction, and coercive labour.
Between 2005 and 2010, Yen Bai alone uncovered 62 cases, involving 144 victims, of whom 97 have returned and now lead stable lives.
In the first six months of this year, the provincial police brought to light eight cases involving 13 women and 2 child victims.
After the ceremony, participants signed missives of support for the current campaign, as well as Vietnam anti-human trafficking day.
Southern network aims to improve life for disabled
After seven years of hard work, the Southern Viet Nam Network for People with Disabilities officially made its debut last Saturday.
Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the network is the result of efforts made by the Disabilities Research and Capacity Development Centre (DRD) to connect associations of people with disabilities in the southern part of the country.
The network now has 35 associations in HCM City and other southern provinces.
The network is expected to enable people with disabilities to find it much easier to access education and employment opportunities, giving them greater confidence to be part of mainstream society.
It will also create opportunities for members to share experiences and overcome obstacles they face in the integration process.
Besides, the network will provide counseling on related laws, soft skills training for jobs, career orientation services as well as vocational training.
Nguyen Van Cu, a differently-abled man who has been part of efforts to establish the network, said it has given him happy, meaningful experiences that many normal people do not get.
Workers head for ASEAN Skills Competition
A send-off ceremony for a Vietnamese delegation attending the 9th ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) in Indonesia was held in Hanoi on November 10.
Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Bui Hoc Phi congratulated the 44 contestants and experts selected for the ASC and wished them success.
Phi believes Vietnam’s participation in all 22 events of the upcoming competition proves its readiness for the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, hosted by Germany in July next year. The latter is considered good preparation for Vietnam to host the 10th ASC in 2014, he said.
The Deputy Minister stressed the importance of Vietnam’s and other ASEAN nations’ efforts to officially recognise the skills of labourers within the bloc. Such recognition makes it easier for workers to move and find employment.
This is the first time Vietnam will compete in all 22 skill categories of the ASC. It is also the first time national trainers have needed to analyse ASC requirements and choose the most appropriate skills, knowledge, equipment, and materials for competitive success.
Duong Duc Lan, head of the Vietnamese delegation, said Vietnam will chair the jury board for four events at the 9th ASC—Mechatronics, IT Network Systems Administration, Graphic Design Technology, and Wall and Floor Tiling. Vietnam will additionally number among the chief experts for Business IT Software Solutions, Fashion Technology, Bricklaying, and Plumbing and Heating.
In the 2010 competition held in Bangkok, the Vietnamese delegation won seven golds, three silvers, and four bronzes, ranking third overall.
The delegation enjoyed earlier regional competition triumphs—once in Vietnam in 2004 and again in Brunei in 2006.
EducationUSA Advising Centre opens in HCM City
The US Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City launched the EducationUSA Advising Centre on November 9.
Consul General Le Thanh An said thousands of Vietnamese students choose to pursue their education in the US every year and more than 15,000 are currently living and studying in the country.
Previously, students had to seek for information on visas, scholarships and financial support on their own or go through middlemen. Now they will be able to obtain details and accurate information through the centre.
All the services are free of charge and students will also receive valuable advice from experienced consultants to select the most suitable educational institutions for their particular needs.
South Korea to help develop national green growth plan
The Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) will help Viet Nam develop the country’s master plan on green growth through a two-year project that will start next year.
Deputy Chief Representative of KOICA in Viet Nam Kim In and Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong signed the minutes of a meeting on the US$2 million project in Ha Noi today.
The project will focus on establishing a master plan for green growth in Viet Nam while developing an inter-ministerial board for strategy implementation. It also aims to help improve provincial development strategies and capacity of human resources in the fields of green growth, climate change and environment.
“The KOICA project will be a driving force to promote sustainable, green growth in Viet Nam,” said Phuong at the signing ceremony.
Phuong said Viet Nam regards green growth as the key force for development in the new age with a focus on the three targets of low carbon growth, green production and an environmentally-friendly lifestyle
There are more chances of a person dying on roads than by any other reason in Punjab where 3,548 people have been killed in the first nine months of this year.
As per the figures available with Punjab Police the state, on an average, witnessed 14 accidents (3,820 in first nine months) resulting in 13 deaths every day. On an average, 11 people are also injured everyday across Punjab in road accidents, 55 per cent of which occur due to drunken driving and over speeding.
New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) The government has come up with a detailed plan to reduce India’s morbid record of losing a life on roads every four minutes and having the most road fatalities in the world.
The ministry of road transport and highways has initiated a move to fix the flaws in 25 most accident prone “black spots” on highways across India.
Kamal Nath, India’s urban development minister, is the trillion dollar man. Every few months, he pops up at a foreign investment forum or press conference to proclaim that he has a “trillion dollar budget” for infrastructure. Each time, this tends to get reported as something new. Here he is announcing his $1 trillion plan on Nov. 6. And again last October. And also last June. And again in 2010.
Senior Indian politician and former federal minister Y Yerram Naidu has died in a road accident, aged 55.
Mr Naidu, who belonged to the regional Telugu Desam party, was killed after the car he was travelling in crashed into an oil tanker in southern Andhra Pradesh state early on Friday.
He was returning from Srikakulam from Visakhapatnam, where he had gone to attend a marriage.
Mr Naidu was a four-time MP and had served as rural development minister.
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ALLAHABAD: The analysis of road accident data received from states and union territories reveals that the single most important cause in 78 per cent road accidents is driver’s fault. Report also revealed that fault of cyclist, pedestrian, broken roads and condition of the vehicle attributed to 1.2%, 2.7%, 1.2% and 1.7% accidents, respectively.
Weather conditions and other causes led to 1 per cent and 14.2 per cent accidents, respectively. Causes of road accidents also include fault of driver of other vehicles, fault of passengers, poor light condition, falling of boulders, neglect of civic bodies, stray animals and other causes.
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Road accident and deaths due to them in the national capital have shown a dip of about 20 percent and over 19,000 motorists were prosecuted for drunken driving between January-October, a traffic police official said Thursday.
Strict prosecutions and jail terms have made roads in Delhi safer and accidents have gone down by almost 20 percent this year, said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic), at a two-day meet on ‘Road Safety in Urban and Rural Roads’ here.
“Deaths due to accidents are likely to decline by 23 percent to about 1,700 in 2012 as compared to 2,007 that took place in 2011,” he said.
ALLAHABAD: A helmet is a small price to pay compared to the cost a head injury could entail. A helmet can save the life of a two-wheeler rider in case of accident, provided it is of standard quality.
Traffic police officials believe more than 85 per cent of helmets used by two-wheeler riders across the state do not meet ISI standards and often cost the riders their lives.
A sessions court here on Thursday convicted Nooriya Yousuf Haveliwala, a non-resident Indian, in a drunken driving case and sentenced her to five-year rigorous imprisonment.
In 2010, Nooriya, driving under the influence of alcohol, killed a police sub-inspector, Dinanath Shinde, and a civilian, Afzal Ibrahim Maknejia, with her speeding car around 12.15 a.m. on Princess Street flyover in Mumbai. She also injured four more police personnel.
Convicting her of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 (II) of the Indian Penal Code, Additional Sessions Judge I.M. Bohari remarked in his order, “Such accidents take place frequently. Even if vehicle drivers want to have good fun while driving, they cannot be allowed to treat persons on the road carelessly… The accused cannot deny the knowledge that such driving could have caused culpable homicide that doesn’t amount to murder.”
In addition to the prison term, Nooriya was also fined Rs. 5 lakh.
Referring to the high-profile 1999 BMW hit-and-run case, in which businessman Sanjeev Nanda was convicted, and the Alistair Pereira case, the court pointed out that the apex court had ruled that such cases should fall under the offence of Section 304 (II).
The court further convicted and sentenced Nooriya to a total of five years of simple imprisonment on some other charges as well. She was sentenced for offences punishable under Sections 184 (driving dangerously) and 185 (driving by a drunken person under the influence of narcotics) of the Motor Vehicles Act; Sections 338, 337 (for causing grievous hurt) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of Rs. 50) of the IPC; and Section 3 (1) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. For these offences, she was fined a total sum of Rs. 23,500.
The sentences will run concurrently, and the jail term will be offset by the time she has already spent in jail after the arrest.
The verdict came as a shock to Nooriya and her family members. When the court asked what she had to say on the verdict, a shaken Nooriya remained speechless for a while.
“My mother is 80 years old. My father passed away right after I came out [on bail]. I have my own initiative to help the accident victims. I would like to serve society to the best of my ability. I didn’t really want to do it,” she told the court, apologising for her act. Later, she broke down.
The prosecution had sought the maximum sentence, since a policeman had been killed in the incident.
“I submitted that the message has to go out to society that this isn’t the way to drive. You are spoiling people’s lives,” Public Prosecutor Kiran Raikar told The Hindu.
The defence, meanwhile, pleaded for some mercy. Defence lawyer Ashwin Thool told the court that Nooriya had suffered a “personal loss” in the death of her father. Moreover, there was no one to look after her aged mother. Pointing out her young age and penitent attitude, he requested that she be given a chance to reform herself.
“She offered to help the victims immediately. She has also registered a trust to create awareness on such cases. This conduct is a clear reflection of her remorseful state. She is 30 and has her life ahead of her. A harsh sentence would ruin her for life and affect her emotionally. She cannot compensate the victims, but she can make an attempt,” advocate Thool said.
Judge Bohari remarked, “A balance has to be maintained in awarding a sentence and taking care of the compensation of the victim.” The young age of the deceased persons, one of whom was discharging his public duty, also has to be kept in mind, he said.
The court ordered compensation to be paid to the victims of the incident, out of the fine amount of Rs. 5 lakh.
The family of Dinanath Shinde and Afzal are to be given Rs. 2 lakh each. Constable Shailesh Jhadhav (40), who was seriously injured, will get Rs. 50,000. Some other injured police personnel, Magan Gaikwad, Ashok Shinde, and Lala Shivram Shinde, are to be given Rs. 15,000 each.
The court relied upon the testimony of police inspector Vijayalaxmi Hiremath, who conducted the breath analyser examination. The result revealed a lot of alcohol content in Nooriya’s bloodstream, as much as 457 mg per 100 ml.
The court rejected the defence’s contention that at this level a person would become unconscious.
The frequency and severity of road accidents in Punjab call for a serious thought on road safety. The trends witnessed are too horrifying to be contemplated with equanimity PUNJAB’S LAWLESS ROADS G.S. Aujla
The fatality figure in road accidents in Punjab is nearly six times higher than the deaths caused in homicide cases. According to a report circulated by the Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, another disturbing trend has come to light. Punjab leads a majority of the states in the severity of road accidents. For every 100 accidents there are 64.3 fatalities in Punjab, which are two to three times more than the figures of Kerala (11.3), Karnatka (20.7) and Maharashtra (17.3). Ludhiana enjoys the dubious distinction of leading other major cities of India where accident severity stands at 52.8, taking the totality of dead and injured persons into account.
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Oct (Bernama) — Bad roads, such as those with potholes or with caved-in areas, are nightmares for any road user.
And for victims of road accidents due to such conditions nothing holds greater fear.
Such roads not only damage the vehicle’s suspension systems including the dampers, springs and the tyres, but also cause serious injury or even death to the unfortunate road user.
PHUKET: More than 15 people die every month in road accidents in Phuket, most riding a motorbike without a helmet.
The news came at a road safety awareness seminar at Phuket Rajabhat University on Monday, headed by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Choti Chavaviwat.
Also present at the seminar were Phuket Provincial Health Office Deputy Director Dr Wiwat Seetamonotch and officers from other relevant agencies.
Its road safety record is among the world’s worst but, in Mexico’s capital, police wielding breathalysers are making a big difference It’s late on Friday night in downtown Mexico City. The streets are packed with traffic as people unwind from a hard week’s work. The police are hard at work too.
They pull over a huge SUV, driving at speed up a major road. As the car comes to a stop, the driver almost mounts the kerb. He staggers as he steps out of the car, his face ruddy from the beer he’s been drinking. For Mexico City’s alcoholímetro police, Friday nights keep their breathalysers busy.
PHNOM PENH, Oct. 28 — Road accidents have killed at least 1,589 people in Cambodia in the first 10 months of 2012, a report of the Interior Ministry’s public order department showed Sunday.
The death number this year was comparable to that of last year. During the 10-month period last year, 1,591 deaths were recorded.