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* Road accidents claim 30 lives in Sri Lanka during New Year holidays
Tue, Apr 15, 2014, 11:53 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 15, Colombo: During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays 30 people have been killed in 26 fatal road accidents in Sri Lanka, the police said.

Police media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said the number of road accidents have gone up as a whole although the number of overall accidents has seen a significant reduction.

Director of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe said 206 people received treatments for accidents during the last 24 hours and 86 of them were hospitalized. Three persons injured due to fire crackers have also been admitted.

According to Dr. Jasinghe, the numbers have decreased about 27 percent compared to last year.

The police have arrested 732 drunk drivers in a special round-the-clock operation launched on the 10th to nab the people driving under the influence of alcohol. The police department deployed 15,000 police officers on the country's roads to nab errant drivers.

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