At least 25 individuals have been killed in a collision between two boats in central Bangladesh on Monday, police stated.
“We have rescued five people and retrieved 25 bodies,” native police chief Miraz Hossain instructed AFP.
The collision was between a packed boat carrying at the very least 30 passengers and a vessel transporting sand within the Padma river close to the city of Shibchar.
More individuals have been reportedly lacking whereas hearth service officers and locals continued rescue operations, one other policeman stated.
Maritime accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by a whole lot of rivers.
Experts blame poor upkeep, lax security requirements at shipyards and overcrowding for lots of the accidents.
Vessels transporting sand sit low within the water and may be laborious to see in uneven situations, notably when mild is poor.
In early April, greater than 30 individuals died when a packed ferry with round 50 passengers hurrying residence from the central metropolis of Narayanganj forward of an impending coronavirus lockdown collided with a bigger cargo vessel.
In June final yr, a ferry sank in Dhaka after it was hit from behind by one other ferry, killing at the very least 32 individuals.
In February 2015, at the very least 78 individuals died when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo boat.