Boat capsizes in Bangladesh, 30 dies, dozens missing

Following a collision with another vessel, a boat capsized and sank on June 29 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in which by far 30 people are claimed to have lost lives. The ferry-which departed from central Munshiganj district-sank as it was about to moor at Sadarghat, Dhaka’s main river port used by hundreds of boats to travel to the country’s south.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s Chief, Commodore Golam Sadeqk, said the single-deck ship was “not overcrowded” and sank “due to carelessness”. He added that the vessel had been cleared to carry passengers until September.

The Rescue officials have confirmed that still dozens are missing and rescue operations are underway. The officials said that the Morning Bird vessel was hit from behind by another ferry around 9:30am local time (0330 GMT) during the morning rush hour.

The Bangladesh Coastguard Spokesman, Commander Hayet Ibne Siddique said, “There were at least 50 people on board … Our rescue divers are still searching”. Abul Khair, a diver in the fire brigade, said, “We have collected 30 bodies, including 20 males, seven women and three children.”

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