At least 27 folks died after a small launch carrying over 100 passengers capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel in Bangladesh’s Shitalakkhya river, officers mentioned on Monday. The incident befell on Sunday night at Narayanganj district, about 16 km southeast of Dhaka.
While 5 our bodies had been recovered on Sunday, rescuers retrieved 22 our bodies on Monday as a salvage vessel pulled out the launch with the assistance of an enormous crane round noon, rescue officers mentioned. The rescue group comprised officers from Navy, Coast Guard, hearth service and police.
The salvage operation is ended, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadek informed newsmen right here, whereas dwell TV footages confirmed wailing relations and relations of the victims crowding on the scene. The passenger vessel, ML Sabit Al Hasan, sank after colliding with the cargo ship, SKL-3, on the mouth of the Syedpur Koyla Ghat on the Shitalakkhya River in Munshiganj. The launch was en route Munshiganj.
Quoting police and onlookers, the Dhaka (*27*) reported that the cargo vessel fled the scene after the collision. A seven-member committee headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM) has been shaped to research the incident, Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah mentioned. The district administration will give a compensation of Tk25,000 (USD 296) to every of the deceased’s household for the burial course of, he added.
The probe panel has been requested to submit its findings in subsequent 5 days. BIWTA has additionally shaped a four-member panel to probe the mishap. The launch had an estimated 150 passengers. Port Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Deepak Chandra Saha confirmed that 50-60 of them had been in a position to swim in the 2 banks, however three of them needed to be rushed to the hospital.