The analysis of data received from GVK EMRI, the 108 emergency ambulance services in Gujarat run by the state government reveals that during the festive days of Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj from November 4 to 6, 2,360 road accident cases are recorded.
Two-wheeler accidents increased on Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj by 95.39%, 202.48% and by 67.73%, respectively.The number of four-wheeler accidents increased on Diwali and New Year by 162.96% and 229.63%, respectively.
Attributed to the increased movement on roads due to festive season, there was a spike in road accident emergencies on Diwali and New Year by 83.73% and 176.90%, respectively, in comparison to normal days. Whereas the rise in accident emergencies for Bhai Dooj was 58.79%. On an average, 381 accident cases are reported daily by the emergency services.
A total of 1,055 accident cases were reported on the New Year Day which is one of the highest figure reported on a single day.The 108 emergency services catered to 7,888 cases across Gujarat during the three festive days.
The number of burn cases received during the three days was 54, with Diwali, New Year and Bhai Dooj reporting an increase of 185.71%, 128.57% and 157.14%, respectively, over the average.
In comparison to last year’s Diwali and New Year, overall emergencies in 2021 were 1.70% and 17.74% higher on the two corresponding days.