DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — No less than 21 folks died when a Bangladeshi passenger boat sank with greater than 100 aboard, and the motive force of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat has been arrested, officers stated Saturday.
Round 50 passengers have been lacking after the sinking Friday night in a big open physique of water the japanese district of Brahmanbaria, in keeping with preliminary studies from officers and Bangladeshi media.
Bangladesh is a delta nation the place water transport is closely used to maneuver folks and items. However lethal accidents are widespread due to unskilled operation and poor enforcement of security guidelines. The nation is crisscrossed by 230 rivers, and through the monsoon season some low-lying areas fill with water and are additionally utilized by boats.
The cargo boat’s driver and two assistants have been caught by locals within the Bijoynagar space and turned over to the authorities, stated Anisur Rahman, district police superintendent. He stated efforts to get better extra our bodies have been ongoing.
Native police official Imranul Islam supplied the determine of 21 lifeless, talking by cellphone late Friday. Survivors stated about 100 folks have been aboard. Native information studies, quoting the world’s prime authorities administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, stated about 50 folks have been lacking.
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A witness stated two cargo vessels hit the boat, which sank shortly, Dhaka-based The Every day Star newspaper reported.
“I used to be grazing cattle on the financial institution. I heard a loud noise and noticed the cargo vessels hitting the passenger trawler. I noticed the trawler sinking shortly,” witness Nurul Amin instructed the paper.
The Bijoynagar space is 82 kilometers (51 miles) east of the capital, Dhaka.
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