A minimum of 26 killed in Bangladesh boat crash

5 folks, together with three youngsters, injured within the accident, which occurred when a speedboat collided with a cargo vessel.

A minimum of 26 folks have been killed after a speedboat full of passengers collided with a vessel transporting sand within the newest maritime catastrophe to hit Bangladesh.

Police mentioned on Monday the speedboat carrying about 36 passengers from the city of Mawa slammed into the opposite vessel on the Padma River close to the agricultural city of Shibchar.

“We have now up to now recovered 26 our bodies, together with a lady. We have now additionally rescued 5 injured folks, together with three youngsters,” police official Amir Hossain mentioned.

Hossain mentioned the bow of the passenger boat was destroyed when the speedboat smashed into the aspect of the transport vessel and rapidly sank.

The speedboat was carrying passengers in violation of presidency restrictions throughout a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, mentioned Rahima Khatun, a prime authorities official within the space.

Divers and native folks retrieved 26 our bodies from the water and had been trying to find these nonetheless lacking.

Witness Abdur Rahman mentioned there was a loud noise when the boats collided and the vessels then overturned.

“Once we rushed to the spot we discovered the speedboat torn into two items. A whole lot of villagers instantly began conducting rescue work earlier than they had been joined by police and the hearth brigade,” he mentioned.

Sluggish ferry transport

Bangladesh is constructing the nation’s largest highway and railway bridge close to the spot the place the accident occurred, and police mentioned officers had been instantly on the scene.

Development work has slowed ferry transport on the river, prompting many to make the journey on the less-safe speedboats, which take solely about quarter-hour to make the crossing in distinction to as much as two hours on ferries.

Khatun mentioned the driving force of the speedboat can be investigated as he appeared to have hit the transport vessel, which was moored on the time.

“A probe has been ordered into the accident,” he mentioned.

Maritime accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by a whole bunch of rivers.

Authorities 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 onerous to see in uneven circumstances, significantly when gentle is poor.

In early April, greater than 30 folks died when a ferry full of 50 passengers hurrying residence from the central metropolis of Narayanganj forward of the approaching coronavirus lockdown collided with a bigger cargo vessel.

In June final yr, a ferry sank within the capital Dhaka after it was hit from behind by one other ferry, killing no less than 32 folks.

In February 2015, no less than 78 folks died when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo ship.

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