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.