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4 dead as boat sinks in Padma with 40 passengers on board

 Chapainawabganj Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:09 PM, 29 September 2021   Updated: 09:09 PM, 29 September 2021

4 dead as boat sinks in Padma with 40 passengers on board

4 dead as boat sinks in Padma with 40 passengers on board

Four people including three children have drowned when a boat capsized in the river Padma with 40 passengers on board.

The incident happened at Panka union under Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj district on Wednesday noon.

It is learnt that eight are still missing while 20 others were rescued alive.

The deceased incudes Lilimon Begum, 62, wife of Khairul Islam of village Bishroshia under Panka union, Ayesha Khatun and Asmaul, daughter and son of Fitu Ali, Maisha Khatun, daughter of Babu Ali of Narayanpur.

It is feared that the death toll could increase further as still 8 people are missing.

Local inhabitant health worker Asaduzzaman Asad said a boat with 35-40 passengers on board was going to the Bishrosia from Boglauri Ghat at about 2:15 pm. When it reached near Luxmipur Char, it was caught by a storm and sank in the river.

Witnessing it, the local villagers tried to rescue the passengers. At that time, bodies of three people including Lilimon and Siam were recovered.

Shibganj Police Station OC Farid Hossain said he learnt that three people died of a boat capsize. Many are still missing. Police and fire-fighters have been trying to rescue the drowned passengers.

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