Twenty six die in Bangladesh ferry accident, some missing

DHAKA: A speedboat carrying about 30 passengers overturned after hitting a sand-laden cargo boat on Monday in Bangladesh, leaving at least 26 people dead, an official report said.

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The accident occurred at the old Kanthalbari ferry terminal in Shibchar Upazila of Madaripur. The boat driven by an inexperienced driver, overturned in the Padma River in central Bangladesh while heading for Madaripur district from Munshiganj.

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The local police said, “We have retrieved 26 bodies, rescued alive five others. But searches are underway for more as several speedboat passengers are feared missing.”

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Moreover, Madaripur Deputy Commissioner Rahima Khatun said, “The speedboat was carrying excess passengers violating the restriction imposed by the government amid the pandemic situation.”

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According to reports, a six member inquiry committee has been formed to investigate the accident.

Notably, Bangladesh is under lockdown until Wednesday to stop the mass spread of coronavirus.

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