Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ferry capsize toll reaches 12, Bangladesh - 10th July 2011

With the recovery of three more bodies from Bangladesh’s Sitalakhya river, the death toll in boat capsize went up to 12 yesterday with over 20 persons still reported missing.

The MV Madinar Alo, carrying an estimated 100 passengers from suburban port city of Narayanganj to central Chandpur district, sank two days ago.

The sunken vessel was retrieved yesterday from the waters of the river.
“The port police recovered the three bodies as they were seen floating some one and half kilometres of the accident spot,” a police official told over phone. But, he said, over 20 passengers were still missing.

The accident came three months after some 30 people drowned when a ferry carrying an estimated 150 passengers sank in the middle of the Meghna river in central Brahmanbaria after a collision with another already submerged vessel.
Ferry accidents, mainly blamed on overloading and lax rules, are common particularly during the monsoon season in this South Asian delta nation, criss-crossed by as many as 230 rivers. Source