At least 24 folks have been killed and dozens have been lacking after a ship full of Hindu devotees sank on Sunday in Bangladesh, within the worst waterways catastrophe to hit the nation in additional than a 12 months.
The our bodies recovered up to now included 12 girls and eight youngsters, mentioned Jahurul Islam, district administrator of northern Panchagarh, the place the accident occurred.
“The rescue operation for those missing is ongoing,” he mentioned. The ferry was taking devotees to a Hindu temple.
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Islam mentioned he didn’t know the precise variety of folks lacking, however passengers mentioned greater than 70 folks had been on board.
Police mentioned some 30 folks have been nonetheless lacking whereas a few of the passengers managed to swim ashore.
Hundreds of individuals die annually in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has intensive inland waterways and lax security requirements.
At least 26 folks died in April final 12 months after an overcrowded ferry collided with a cargo vessel and sank on the Shitalakhsya River outdoors the capital Dhaka.