Around 40 people killed in Bangladesh ferry disaster

Around 200 passengers bordered a double- decker ferry, Shariatpur 1 sunk in the Meghna River, killing 40 passengers and remaining may be trapped inside.

In the early morning of Tuesday, a ferry plunged to the river bed while being hit by an oil barge when crossing the Meghna River at about 2.30am and drivers were failed in their efforts to raise the boat.

As per divers saying, the eight bodies near the scene at dawn had found but remaining were still missing.

The police said the death toll is now 40, but if seeking the reports from Hundreds of desperate relatives who gathered and waited their victims on the river bank, then there are so many peoples still missing.

Though quick and deepen investigation has been ordered by Bangladesh Government, but as per experts, the ferry which was built in 1991, appeared to have sunk rapidly after the collision.

A second supportive rescue boat has arrived during the night by Emergency teams hope will enable the ferry to be brought to the surface.

Source reported that the navy Commander Gulzar Hossain, who is leading the operation, said, “We intend to lift the vessel and drag it to the shore.”

“But it is tilted on its side and the river is very deep. It is heavy as it was also laden with a cargo of hundreds of sacks of chilli. We fear a lot of dead bodies are stuck inside,” he further added.


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