Bangladesh: 66 bodies are recovered after sinking

Bangladesh: 66 bodies are recovered after sinking

Munshiganj : Bangladesh | Mar 15, 2012 at 3:58 AM PDT
Views: Pending
Death toll in Bangladesh ferry sinking soars past 100

New Delhi - At least 66 bodies were recovered afterthe sinking of a passenger ship on Tuesday in centralBangladesh, while many people remain missing, Efesaid one police source.

"There are still missing, but do not know how. Rescue efforts still continue," said Superintendent of Policedistrict Munshiganj, Shafiqul Islam.

The accident occurred early on Tuesday, when a ship loaded with crude oil collided with a passenger vessel, which sank in the waters of the Meghna river in itspassage through the zone of Char Kishori.

The remains of the ship were found yesterday afternoon at a depth of 20 meters, and Islam on Wednesday said the vessel had been partiallysuspended with cables, but rescuers have not been able to inspect the inside.

So far, it is unknown how many people traveled on the vessel, although some unofficial sources to ensure thatthis number is up to 250 passengers.

About 50 of them managed to save themselves by swimming or were rescued by other vessels.

River transport is vital to the economy of Bangladesh, a country crossed by large rivers and canals whose surface is almost at sea level.

The poor condition of the vessels and insufficientsecurity measures are causing frequent accidents,according to the National Transport Authority of RiverWaters in Bangladesh, 4,047 people died in 396accidents in rivers between 1977 and 2010.

1 of 3
The double-decker Shariatpur 1 ferry was hit by another vessel in the middle of the Meghna river
The double-decker Shariatpur 1 ferry was hit by another vessel in the middle of the Meghna river
egyjan25 is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • 4 more bodies recovered in Meghna

      The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
    Meghna Star Online Report Bodies of four more victims were recovered on Thursday, two days after a launch capsized in the Meghna river in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj, raising the death toll to 116. The bodies were found floating in the water at...
  • Munshiganj tragedy: Shajahan denies launch overloading

      The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
    He said 117 bodies were recovered till Wednesday night and around 60 people were rescued alive after the MV Shariatpur-1 that was capable to carry 225 passengers on board sank in the river, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. After calculation, the...



More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.