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At least 24 folks killed after boat sinks in Bangladesh: Police

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Twenty-four our bodies have been recovered, whereas dozens are nonetheless lacking after the boat capsized within the Karotoa River.

At least 24 folks have been killed and several other dozen extra have been lacking after a ship capsized in a river in Bangladesh, police mentioned.

The overcrowded boat overturned on Sunday afternoon whereas getting back from a Hindu temple on the opposite facet of the River Karatoa at Boda space in Panchagarh district, mentioned native police chief SM Sirajul Huda.

Divers and residents recovered at the very least 24 our bodies by Sunday night, he mentioned, including that at the very least 12 ladies and eight kids have been among the many lifeless. He mentioned lots of the passengers swam ashore.

Another police officer mentioned as much as 25 folks have been nonetheless lacking. Local media mentioned at the very least 10 folks have been rescued and despatched to hospital.

Thousands of Hindus in Muslim-majority Bangladesh go to the Bodeshwari Temple yearly.

Sunday marked the beginning of the Durga Puja, the most important Hindu competition in Bangladesh and adjoining jap India, drawing massive crowds to the temple.

Hundreds of individuals die every year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has intensive inland waterways however lax security requirements.

At least 26 folks died in May after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk service and sank on the Padma River.

In December, nearly 50 folks have been killed and greater than 70 injured when a ferry caught hearth within the southern rural city of Jhalokati.

A ferry sank in Dhaka in June 2020 after a collision with one other vessel, killing dozens of individuals.

At least 78 folks died in February 2015 when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo vessel in a river west of the capital.

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