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Jakarta Post

Dozens killed on North Sumatra roads in Idul Fitri holiday period

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 10, 2016   /  01:26 pm
Dozens killed on North Sumatra roads in Idul Fitri holiday period Garbage scattered on a congested road near the Pejagan toll gate in Central Java on Monday. Street vendors sold food to travelers stuck in traffic for hours. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

Dozens of people have died in traffic accidents during the Idul Fitri exodus and returning traffic in North Sumatra, according to police records.

Thirty-four people were killed in 115 traffic accidents since the mass exodus began until three days after the celebration of Idul Fitri, North Sumatra Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Cmr. MP Nainggolan said on Sunday as reported by Antara news agency.

In addition, 58 people suffered heavy injuries, while 130 suffered light injuries from traffic accidents. Seven of the 34 people killed died in 16 traffic accidents on Saturday.

The National Police have launched a nationwide operation to beef up security during the Idul Fitri celebration as well as to manage the traffic during the annual mass exodus. A total of 158,402 personnel from the National Police and local police forces were assigned for this year’s operation. (rin)