DHAKA — At the least 25 individuals had been killed and dozens had been lacking after a ship full of Hindu devotees sank on Sunday in Bangladesh, a neighborhood official stated, within the worst waterways catastrophe to hit the nation in additional than a yr.
The our bodies recovered thus far included 12 ladies and eight kids, stated Jahurul Islam, district administrator of northern Panchagarh, the place the accident occurred.
“The rescue operation for these lacking is ongoing,” he stated, including the ferry was taking largely devotees to a Hindu temple on the event of Mahalaya.
Islam stated he didn’t know the precise variety of individuals lacking, however passengers stated greater than 70 individuals had been on the boat, which sank within the Karatoya river.
A committee has been shaped to analyze the incident, he stated.
Police stated almost 20 individuals had been nonetheless lacking whereas a number of the passengers managed to swim ashore or had been rescued.
Lots of of individuals die every year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has in depth inland waterways and lax security requirements.
At the least 34 individuals died in April final yr after an overcrowded ferry collided with a cargo vessel and sank on the Shitalakhsya River exterior the capital Dhaka.