Ferry toll increases to 27, search continues for over 100 – Bangladesh ferry sinks

GAJARIA – Divers battled Friday to recover bodies trapped in the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry that was passed by a giant wave, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 27 with scores more feared drowned, on May 16.


Rescuers have recovered at least 27 bodies after a ferry capsized during a storm in a river in central Bangladesh, officials allege.

Police approximated at least 100 people was still missing, but there was no clear picture about exactly how many people was on board because the ferry operators did not keep a passenger list, read a local administrator, Saiful Hasan.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, one of Asia’s poorest countries which is crisscrossed with more than 230 rivers.

Nearly all of the shipping accidents occur during the early summer months of April and May when unpredictable storms known locally as Kalboishakhi often hit Bangladesh in the lead-up to the monsoon, which generally starts in the first week of June.

Officials and local residents stated the storm hit the ferry over an hour later it left Dhaka’s Sadarghat terminal for its destination at southwestern Shariatpur.

Approximately 150 people were killed in the same territory in March 2012 after an overcrowded ferry carrying around 200 passengers sank after being shoot by an oil barge in the dead of night.

Relatives of the missing and the dead were collected near the Meghna River, virtually where the boat capsized Thursday afternoon in Munshiganj district.


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