DHAKA, Bangladesh — A collision between a cargo ship and a small ferry killed 27 folks and left greater than a dozen others swimming for his or her lives in Bangladesh late on Sunday, the newest in a protracted historical past of disasters on the nation’s closely trafficked waterways.
Many of the lifeless had been trapped contained in the ferry after it was struck by the hulking cargo ship whereas crossing a river in central Bangladesh and then capsized, the authorities mentioned.
The our bodies of 21 passengers had been recovered from the ferry after an 11-hour salvage operation to drag the vessel from the water, mentioned Golam Sadeq, the chairman of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority. The our bodies of six different passengers had been recovered outdoors the ferry, and 19 passengers had been rescued after swimming from the vessel, the authorities mentioned.
Video taken from the riverbank confirmed the cargo ship plowing into the ferry, lifting it from the water and tossing passengers into the present. Lots of of individuals gathered to observe the rescue operation, which was aided by native residents. The screams of kin crammed the air as they desperately sought to study the destiny of their family members.
Mustain Billah, deputy commissioner of the Naryanganj district, east of the capital, Dhaka, mentioned he had opened an investigation into the reason for the collision. He mentioned that the police, the army and the Inland Water Transport Authority had been trying to find the cargo ship.
Mr. Sadeq mentioned that the authorities had been unable cease the ship instantly after the collision due to stormy climate.
Lots of of individuals have died in accidents on Bangladesh’s rivers in latest a long time. Greater than 30 folks drowned in June after two ferries collided in Dhaka. In 2015, a cargo ship struck a ferry east of the capital, killing 69 folks. In 2014, an overloaded ferry capsized within the Padma River, killing greater than 100 folks.
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