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    INTRODUCTION: More than 5,000 people die in Bangladesh every year in bus, train or boat accidents.

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    GV People walking along street 0.06
    GV People riding on top of truck 1.09
    SV & GV Overcrowded buses, people clinging to outside and on roof (3 shots) 0.23
    GV Overcrowded boats (2 shots) 0.30
    SV & GV Overcrowded ferries (2 shots) 0.51
    GV People running to board bus 0.58
    SV & GV People on roofs and huddled inside trains (2 shots) 1.08
    GV Train leaving station with people crowded on roof and front of engine 1.30

    Background: DACCA, BANGLADESH

    INTRODUCTION: More than 5,000 people die in Bangladesh every year in bus, train or boat accidents. Most people in the cities use the traditional form of transport, the rickshaw. Bangladesh is, however, a country of rivers, and the chronic overcrowding of short-haul boats is responsible for many of the accidents in the country every year.

    SYNOPSIS: People in the streets of Dacca clamber aboard open-top trucks until they are filled to overflowing. The public transport system in the city is appalling. The buses are scarce and people not only fill the inside of the bus but climb onto the roof, and cling to the outside of the vehicle.

    Private motor boats ply their trade across the rivers and are so overcrowded they often capsize.

    The public transport ferries are also filled to the brim on every journey. The Bangladeshi Government has tried to impose laws banning overcrowding on public transport but these have been largely ignored. The Government has faced strong criticism about overcrowding which has resulted in so many deaths.

    Trains are particularly crowded, and people travel on the roofs of the carriages, not only to avoid paying the fares but to get away from the overfull compartments. Recently, Bangladesh has taken up an ambitious plan to put more trains into operation and to expand the existing 2735 kilometres (1,700 miles) of track. Experts hope that the plan will be implemented by mid-1983. Until this is achieved, the Government in Dacca feels there is little hope of reducing the number of accidents that occur each year.

    Source: ATIQUL ALAM

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