Grand requiem commemorates road traffic victims hinh anh 1Buddhist followers pray at the requiem (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – A grand requiem for traffic accident victims was held at Trinh Pagoda in the Yen Tu national relic site, northern Quang Ninh province, on November 13 with a view to easing the bereaved families’ pains of losing their relatives.

With the participation of nearly 10,000 Buddhists and people, the function was held by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the National Committee for Traffic Safety as part of activities in response to the World Day in Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (the third Sunday of November).

At the requiem, Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia urged all central and local relevant agencies, organisations and people to improve their road sense and adherence to traffic safety regulations.

He also asked them to share the losses suffered by the victims and their families, thereby treasuring the happiness when traffic safety is ensured.

The Traffic Safety Year 2016 is the fifth year Vietnam has responded to the UN General Assembly’s call for activities to be organised towards the World Day in Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

From January to August this year, 13,612 traffic accidents occurred nationwide, claiming 5,728 lives and wounding 11,781 others.-VNA