DHAKA: At least twenty-four people were killed plus dozens were missing after a boat packed with Hindu devotees sank on Sunday (Sep 25) in Bangladesh, in the worst rivers disaster to hit the country in more than a calendar year.
The bodies recovered up to now included 12 women and eight children, mentioned Jahurul Islam, area administrator of northern Panchagarh, where the incident occurred.
“The rescue operation for all those missing is on-going, ” he stated. The ferry had been taking devotees to some Hindu temple.
Islam said he did not know the precise number of people missing, but passengers said a lot more than 70 people had been on board.
Police said some 30 people were still lacking while some of the travellers managed to swim on land.
Hundreds of people die each year within ferry accidents within Bangladesh, a low-lying country that has substantial inland waterways and lax safety specifications.
At least 26 people died within April last year right after an overcrowded ferry collided with a freight vessel and went under on the Shitalakhsya River outside the capital Dhaka.