5 die in BD as ferry carrying 50 passengers sinks – Newspaper

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DHAKA: 5 folks died in Bangladesh on Sunday and rescue employees looked for survivors as a small ferry filled with as much as 50 passengers sank after colliding with one other boat.

The vessel sank within the Shitalakhsya river after leaving the central industrial metropolis of Narayanganj, 20 kilometres from Dhaka, for the close by district of Munshiganj.

A police inspector mentioned the ferry was filled with passengers dashing to depart Narayanganj after the federal government imposed a seven-day lockdown throughout the nation from Monday to fight the latest rise in Covid-19 circumstances. “The dying toll is 5,” the federal government administrator of Narayanganj, Shukla Sarker, mentioned, including that divers from the hearth brigade had been main the seek for survivors.

Sarker mentioned 11 survivors had been pulled from the water and different passengers might have swum to security on the opposite aspect of the river.

“So we don’t know the way many individuals are lacking,” she added.

Rescue efforts had been being hampered by a strong storm that hit after the accident.

Underneath the lockdown, all home journey providers — together with buses, ferries, trains and flights – could be suspended from Monday.

Outlets and malls will likely be shut for per week and an evening curfew in place.

Private and non-private sector companies had been advised to solely have a skeleton crew of their places of work.

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

Tens of millions of persons are closely reliant on ferries for transport, notably within the nation’s southern coastal area, however the vessels have a poor security document.

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Consultants blame badly maintained vessels, lax security requirements at shipyards and overcrowding for lots of the accidents. In June final yr, a ferry sank in Dhaka after it was hit from behind by one other ferry, with at the very least 32 folks dropping their lives.

In February 2015, at the very least 78 folks died when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo boat in a central Bangladesh river.

The variety of accidents has dropped sharply in recent times as authorities crack down on unseaworthy vessels.

Revealed in Daybreak, April fifth, 2021

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