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Ferry capsizes in Dhaka, 25 bodies recovered
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Ferry capsizes in Dhaka, 25 bodies recovered

| @indiablooms | 29 Jun 2020, 10:40 am

Dhaka/UNI: At least 25 people drowned and several were missing after a ferry carrying around 100 passengers capsized in Buriganga river adjacent to Dhaka’s Shyambazar on Monday morning.

According to officials, the ferry capsized after it collided with another vessel.

Bodies of 15 males, seven females and three children have been recovered so far, said Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence.

The launch was en route to Dhaka from Munshiganj district when it capsized in the river after being hit by another launch-Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal around 0930hrs, said Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of the fire service headquarters.

Divers from Sadarghat fire station rushed to the spot and started rescue operations, soon coastguards and river police also joined the rescue operations. A rescue vessel of BIWTA from Narayanganj reached the spot to take part in rescue operations.

Masud Mollah, a passenger of the launch, told reporters over phone that he, along with some other passengers, managed to swim to Farashganj ghat.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority has constituted a four-member committee to investigate the accident and asked it to submit a report as soon as possible, said the Authority's Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.

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