Fire, traffic accidents decline in 1st quarter in China

Both fire and traffic accidents in China declined in the first quarter of this years, Wu Heping, spokesman for Ministry of Public Security, said Tuesday.

At a press conference, Wu said that China reported 68,000 cases of fire in the three months, a decrease of one percent year-on-year. Fires killed 543 people and injured 339, which went down 45.9 percent and 40.4 percent respectively.

Fire also led to a direct loss of property worth 190 million yuan (around 23.75 million U.S. dollars), a decrease of 50.2 percent from the same period last year.

An obvious decrease was also seen in traffic accidents, Wu said. A total of 98,000 traffic accidents took place, down 11.3 percent from the corresponding period of last year, in which 20,961 people died, down 8.5 percent; 115,443 got injured, down one percent. Direct property loss was worth 390 million yuan (48.75 million U.S. dollars), down 18.3 percent.

Source: Xinhua



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