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Hanoi (VNA) – No traffic accidents involving coaches and ships were recorded during the traditional Lunar New Year festival from February 14-20, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

There were less traffic congestions in major roads leading to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and key routes.

Preliminary report by the Office of the Ministry of Public Security showed that there were 29 traffic accidents nationwide on February 20, including five in roads, killing 16 people and injuring 34 others.

During the week-long holiday, 218 accidents claimed 195 lives and injured 199 others, down 41 percent in the number of cases, 4 percent in fatalities and 52 percent in the number of the injured annually.

The Ministry of Health’s Administration of Medical Services reported that as many as 37,376 people came to hospitals for check-ups due to traffic accidents during the period, 12,630 of them were hospitalised, mostly in the third and fourth days of the Lunar New Year.

Road, railway and aviation services basically met demand.

The Vietnam Railways Corporation arranged 22 train s to serve more than 60,000 passengers, up 5 percent from the same period last year.

From February 13-19, airports served over 1.98 million passengers, up 13.5 percent and handled 10,700 tonnes of cargo.

Airlines carried more than 975,000 passengers and 3.6 tonnes of cargo, up 23.1 percent and 10.6 percent year-on-year, respectively.

Due to bad weather in the central region, a number of flights were delayed and cancelled.

Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung said many plants, businesses, universities in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the southern provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong arranged vehicles to carry poor workers and students to their homeland.

The Hanoi Labour Federation coordinated with the municipal Transport Department to arrange 25 coaches with 45 seats to serve workers free of charge and offer additional 990 bus trips.

In Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City, there were several jams in roads leading to firework setting venues, pagodas and temples.-VNA