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Dhaka, Tuesday   14 July 2020

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Launch sinks in Buriganga: 30 bodies recovered 

Rescue drive underway

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:33 PM, 29 June 2020   Updated: 03:52 PM, 29 June 2020

Fire service divers and Coast Guard have recovered the bodies after a launch sank in the Buriganga river on Monday; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Fire service divers and Coast Guard have recovered the bodies after a launch sank in the Buriganga river on Monday; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Fire service divers and Coast Guard have recovered the bodies of 35 people after a launch carrying 50 passengers sank in the Buriganga river along the Shaymbazar area in the capital on Monday morning. The rescue operation is still underway. 

“The bodies were recovered at 12:00 pm,” said Rozina Akhter, a duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters, adding, “so far 30 bodies including women and children have been recovered.”

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.

According to the locals, the two-storey Morning Bird launch, which left Munshiganj at around 9:00 am, hit the Chandpur-bound Mayur-2 launch just before reaching Sadarghat Kathpatti Ghat. 

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.

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