Death toll increasing after launch capsizes in Buriganga
Published: 01:00 PM, 29 June 2020 Updated: 01:23 PM, 29 June 2020
bodies are recovering one by one; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The number of bodies is increasing after a launch carrying 50 passengers sank in the Buriganga river along the Shaymbazar area in the capital on Monday morning.
Though 14 bodies were recovered at first, it increased to 18 within a few minutes. Shortly after that, the death toll stood at 25 people.
It has been reported that the “Morning Bird” launch on the Dhaka-Munshiganj route capsized in the Buriganga river after being hit by another launch named Moyur-2 this morning.
Fire service divers and Coast Guard are conducting rescue operations immediately after the incident, which is now still underway. At the same time, the locals are also cooperating in the rescue.
BIWTA Joint Director (Port) AKM Arif Uddin said the Morning Bird launch left Munshiganj for Dhaka with more than 50 passengers at 7:45 am. “Just before landing at Sadarghat, the launch was hit by the Chandpur-bound Mayur-2 launch and sank,” he also said.
Although some of the passengers on the launch were managed to swim at the time, many are still missing. Meanwhile, the bodies of 25 people have been recovered, he added.