Over 2,000 monks, Buddhists hold requiem for traffic accident victims

Over 2,000 monks, Buddhists yesterday gathered in Vinh Nghiem pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City’s district 3 to hold a requiem for traffic accident victims in Vietnam.
Over 2,000 monks, Buddhists hold requiem for traffic accident victims
The sixth event was jointly organized by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the National Committee for Traffic Safety, was to commemorate the victims and share the pain and loss with their family members.
At the ceremony, Deputy Head of the Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuong spoke of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ message “Remembrance for the deceased, for the sake of the living” in order to warn the tragedy of traffic, its cause and hazards in HCMC and the country.
Accordingly, the event aims to raise people’s awareness of social order, traffic safety and traffic prevention.
Additionally, the traffic safety board in HCMC increased information to people about traffic safety. Moreover, departments, local administrations, and schools in the city will observe minutes in Monday (November 13)’s the flag ceremony of mourning for the victims.
Mr. Tuong said that for years locality authorities have made efforts to reduce traffic accidents in term of three standards; however, 3,533 traffic accidents took place in the city in ten months killing 590 and injuring 2,756 people. This warns people to value lives by obeying regulations while in streets.
Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Executive Board, called for contribution of monks and Buddhists in raising residents’ awareness of traffic.
On the occasion, the Safety Traffic Committee presented VND120 million to families Nguyen Trung Truc and Le Van Canh whose relatives were dead in a traffic accident in HCMC’s Can Gio District for building houses.
Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, representatives from Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam, Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee Le Van Khoa and leaders of departments and districts attended the event.

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