DHAKA, Bangladesh — At the least 26 individuals died and several other others had been lacking on Monday after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk service and sank within the Padma River in Bangladesh, the police stated.
“Rescuers discovered 26 useless our bodies, and a few nonetheless may very well be lacking,” stated Miraj Hossain, a senior police official of the central Madaripur District, the place the accident occurred.
5 individuals had been rescued and despatched to a hospital, he stated.
The speedboat was carrying passengers in violation of presidency restrictions throughout a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, Rahima Khatun, a high authorities official within the space, informed The Related Press.
It overturned whereas heading for Madaripur District from Munshiganj District, the official stated. Bangladesh is underneath a lockdown till Wednesday to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
Tons of of individuals die every year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has in depth inland waterways and lax security requirements.
It was the second deadly maritime accident in a month. In April, a collision between a cargo ship and a small ferry killed 27 individuals and left greater than a dozen others swimming for his or her lives in central Bangladesh, the most recent in an extended historical past of disasters on the nation’s closely trafficked waterway.
In June final 12 months, a minimum of 32 individuals drowned after the passenger boat they had been on collided with a ferry and capsized in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.
At the least 15 individuals drowned in February 2020 after an overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya refugees capsized off the coast of Bangladesh.