12 dead, many missing after boat capsizes in B`baria...

Dhaka, Wednesday   20 October 2021

12 dead, many missing after boat capsizes in B`baria

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:53 PM, 27 August 2021   Updated: 09:28 PM, 27 August 2021

12 dead, many missing after boat capsizes in B`baria

12 dead, many missing after boat capsizes in B`baria

A boat carrying more than a hundred passengers sank after colliding with a sand-laden trawler at Vijayanagar in Brahmanbaria leaving 12 dead and many missing. More than 50 passengers are still missing. The identities of the dead were not immediately known.

The incident took place at 5:45 pm at Laiska Bill in Sadar upazila. Police and fire service personnel are conducting operations to rescue the victims.

Confirming the incident Brahmanbaria DC Hayat-ud-Daulah Khan said 11 bodies have been recovered so far in the boat sinking. Six of the injured have been brought to Brahmanbaria General Hospital. They are Ayub Mia, Ibrahim, Ahmadullah, Murad Mia, Tanjir and Farooq Mia. 

Upon receiving the news, DC Hayat-ud-Daulah Khan and SP Mohammad Anisur Rahman visit the Brahmanbaria General Hospital to inquire about them. 

Dead bodies recovered from the boat capsize

Ankhi Akhter, a passenger of the boat, said she boarded the boat from Champaknagar Ghat in Vijayanagar to Anand Bazar Ghat in Brahmanbaria along with her husband Murad Mia, two sons, mother-in-law and three sons-in-law. There were about a hundred passengers in the boat. The boat came to Laiska Bill on the way and collided with a trawler loaded with sand and sank. She was able to swim ashore with her husband and a baby boy, but her other son, mother-in-law, and three sons-in-law are still missing. 

Murad Mia, a victim of the incident said the boat sank after colliding with a trawler. Then with great difficulty, I swam up with a son and wife. My one son, mother and three nephews are still missing. 

Vijayanagar Police Station OC Mirza Mohammad Hasan said police are conducting rescue operations. The boat has not yet been recovered. The death toll could rise further.