DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — At least 21 folks died when a Bangladeshi passenger boat sank with greater than 100 aboard, and the driving force of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat has been arrested, officers mentioned Saturday.
Around 50 passengers had been lacking after the sinking Friday night in a big open physique of water the jap district of Brahmanbaria, in line with preliminary reviews from officers and Bangladeshi media.
Bangladesh is a delta nation the place water transport is closely used to maneuver folks and items. But lethal accidents are frequent due to unskilled operation and poor enforcement of security guidelines. The nation is crisscrossed by 230 rivers, and through the monsoon season some low-lying areas fill with water and are additionally utilized by boats.
The cargo boat’s driver and two assistants had been caught by locals in the Bijoynagar space and turned over to the authorities, mentioned Anisur Rahman, district police superintendent. He mentioned efforts to get well extra our bodies had been ongoing.
Local police official Imranul Islam supplied the determine of 21 lifeless, talking by phone late Friday. Survivors mentioned about 100 folks had been aboard. Local news reviews, quoting the world’s high authorities administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, mentioned about 50 folks had been lacking.
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A witness mentioned two cargo vessels hit the boat, which sank rapidly, Dhaka-based The Daily Star newspaper reported.
“I used to be grazing cattle on the financial institution. I heard a loud noise and noticed the cargo vessels hitting the passenger trawler. I noticed the trawler sinking rapidly,” witness Nurul Amin instructed the paper.
The Bijoynagar space is 82 kilometers (51 miles) east of the capital, Dhaka.
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