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Rangoon-Mandalay ‘Death Highway’ Claimed 113 Lives Last Year

20 March 2014

Traffic deaths on the Rangoon-Naypyidaw-Mandalay highway rose to 113 last year while 627 people were injured during a total of 259 accidents last year, the Myanmar Red Cross told Eleven Media. The road, which was hastily constructed between 2005 and 2009 to connect the military junta’s new capital to Burma’s major cities, is known for its poor safety and is at the center of the country’s worsening road safety record. Between March 2009 and April 2013, there were 432 accidents, resulting in 216 deaths and 678 injuries on the road, Highway Police told The Irrawaddy last year.