At least 30 die in Bangladesh ferry accident

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

A ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized after being hit Monday by a larger vessel in a Bangladeshi river, killing at least 28 people, officials said.

Rescuers feared several passengers were trapped inside the ferry which sank at around 9:30 am with almost 100 passengers on board in the Buriganga river along the Shyambazar area of Old Dhaka.

People along the shore immediately came to the aid of the victims with country boats before the arrival of the operators with rescue equipment, eye witnesses said.

Rescuers including firefighters and coast guard and navy personnel were continuing to search the river, said Debashish Bardhan, deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense.

There are also poor safety standards in the country's many shipyards and ferries often sink in bad weather.

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Images from the scene showed large numbers of bodies in white bags which had been retrieved from the stricken vessel.

The launch, Morning Bird, was heading toward Sadarghat from Munshiganj when it collided with the Moyur-2 vessel from Chandpur, said BIWTA transport inspector Md Selim.

"We have so far recovered 23 bodies from the sunken ferry", fire brigade official Enayet Hossain told AFP.

Another 20 passengers are still thought to be missing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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