Friday 24 February 2017

35 drown as vessels collide in Bangladesh

AT least 35 people died and 20 more were reported missing after a boat packed with passengers capsized on a river in north-eastern Bangladesh.

The boat carrying about 80 people collided with a sand-laden cargo vessel in the darkness late on Saturday night on the River Surma.

Some survivors swam to shore or were rescued by villagers. Rescuers recovered 35 bodies and used torchlights to search for about 20 people reported missing.

All the dead were from the passenger boat and most of the victims were women and children.

Boat accidents, blamed on lax rules and unfit vessels, are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of more than 230 rivers.

Irish Independent

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