5 dead as small passenger ferry capsizes in Bangladesh

   Apr 25, 12:05 pm

Dhaka, Apr 25 (Xinhua-ANI): At least five bodies were retrieved after a small ferry with dozens of passengers on board capsized in a river in Bangladesh's Kishoreganj district, some 117 km northeast of the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday morning, police said.

"Five bodies have so far been recovered from the ferry which capsized in Bowlai River," Jahangir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Mithamoin police station in Kishorganj, told Xinhua over phone from the accident site.

He said that many passengers were able to swim ashore after the accident at about 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday but could not tell immediately about the exact number of the missing passengers.

A rescue vessel has been called in to boost local efforts to salvage the ferry, Hossain said.

The reason behind the sinking, however, could not be immediately known but the police official said it was excessively overloaded.

Estimates varied as to how many people were on board the ferry. Hossain put the number at close to 20, while another official who preferred to be unnamed said about 50 people were on board.

The ferry services in Bangladesh never maintain list of passenger and none can exactly say how many passengers a ferry carries.

Ferry and boat disasters are common in Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by about 250 rivers. Ferry is still a key means of transport in the country. Most of them are often overcrowded.

At least 112 bodies were recovered after a ferry capsized in Bangladesh's central Munshiganj district last month. (Xinhua-ANI)

Bangladesh SC scraps 16th amendment to Constitution May 5, 7:01 pm
Dhaka, May 5 (ANI): The Bangladesh High Court has scrapped the 16th amendment to Constitution, which empowered the Parliament to impeach the Supreme Court judges for incapacity or misconduct.
Full Story
Turkish PM resigns amid complaints from opponents May 5, 6:54 pm
Istanbul, May 5 (ANI): Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on Thursday, paving way for President Recep Tayyip Erodgan to consolidate power amid complaints from opponents over his increasingly hard-line policies.
Full Story
Ready to quit if majority in Parliament lost: Nepal PM Oli May 5, 5:11 pm
Kathmandu, May 5 (ANI): Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli today said he is ready to quit if he lost majority in the Parliament.
Full Story
Teen girl set on fire for helping a couple escape in Pakistan's Makool village May 5, 4:45 pm
Abbottabad, May 5 (ANI): Police in Pakistan's Abbottabad city have said that the chilling murder of a 16-year-old girl who was set on fire in Makool village is linked to orders given by a local jirga last week.
Full Story
Comments