Bangladesh ferry disaster: Overcrowding blamed, dozens killed | News

Boat overloaded with Hindu pilgrims capsized on Sunday, with the dying toll rising to 61 and plenty of passengers nonetheless lacking.

Authorities in Bangladesh have blamed overcrowding for the sinking of a ferry that has killed at the very least 61 individuals, with many passengers nonetheless lacking two days after the catastrophe.

A five-member committee is investigating Sunday’s accident, with preliminary stories suggesting the boat was carrying practically 3 times its capability, stated Jahurul Islam, chief administrator of the northern district of Panchagarh.

“Divers are looking for extra our bodies as some are nonetheless lacking,” he stated, including that the our bodies of 28 girls and 18 kids have been recovered to date.

The small boat filled with Hindu devotees on their option to a preferred temple flipped over within the Karatoya River as onlookers watched in horror from the shore close to Boda city in Panchagarh.

Police stated that whereas a few of the passengers managed to swim ashore or had been rescued, about 10 had been nonetheless lacking. Passengers stated greater than 80 individuals had been on board.

Boda police chief Sujay Kumar Roy stated rescue employees, together with firefighters, navy divers and villagers, had been looking for miles downstream on the river.

A relative of a victim who died after a boat capsized in river Karotoa
A relative of a sufferer who died within the boat tragedy on the Karotoya River [Firoz Al Sabah/AFP]

Onlookers and family of the lacking gathered alongside the riverbank as rescuers looked for our bodies, witnesses stated.

“I simply wish to see the face of my mom,” Deepak Chandra Roy stated, talking via tears as he looked for his mom.

“Three girls of my household had been lacking for the reason that boat capsized,” stated one distraught relative, Bikash Chandra. “We discovered one within the morning round 10am, who was rescued earlier. However I couldn’t discover the opposite two but.”

The dying toll was the worst for a maritime catastrophe within the nation since 2015, when at the very least 78 individuals died after an overcrowded ferry collided with a cargo vessel in a river west of the capital, Dhaka.

Dozens of individuals die every year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has in depth inland waterways and lax security requirements.

A minimum of 26 individuals died in Could after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk service and sank on the Padma River.

Final December, some 40 people perished when a packed three-storey ferry caught fireplace in southern Bangladesh.

A ferry sank in Dhaka in June 2020 after a collision with one other vessel, killing at the very least 32 individuals. In the meantime, in 2015, at the very least 78 individuals perished when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo vessel in a river west of the capital.

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