Boat sinks with more than 100 passengers in Tangail
Published: 04:54 PM, 1 May 2022 Updated: 06:11 PM, 1 May 2022
Boat sinks with more than 100 passengers in Tangail; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
An engine-run boat with hundreds of passengers including garment workers sank in the Jhenai river at Basail in Tangail. Although there were no casualties in the incident, the Eid joy of the homebound people was swept away in the river.
The incident took place under Nathkhola Bridge of the upazila around 12 noon on Sunday.
According to eyewitnesses and locals, four engine-driven boats with passengers including garment workers left Gazipur for Sirajganj to avoid traffic jam on the Dhaka-Tangail-Bangabandhu Bridge highway.
Three of the boats crossed the Nathkhola bridge over the Jhinai river in Basail upazila of the district but the other boat crashed with an abandoned pillar under the water, causing the boat to sink. At this time the water started rising in the boat. Later, the passengers swam ashore quickly. Seeing the matter, the locals came forward and rescued hundreds of people including children.
The passengers of the boat said, 'We were going to Sirajganj by renting an engine-run boat from Gazipur. As the boat was passing under the bridge, it collided with a pillar under the water and shattered. At that time, when the passengers tried to get off the boat, the boat sank. Later everyone swam to shore. No one was killed in the incident. However, there are many goods in the boat. The joy of our Eid has been washed away in this river.
Ripon Mia, a firefighter at the Basail Fire Service Station, said: "Firefighters rushed to the scene after learning of the incident. Later rescue operations were carried out. However, no casualties were reported. The boat had more than a hundred passengers. Many of them are garment workers. No one claimed to be missing then.
Former chairman of Basail Upazila Parishad Kazi Shahidul Islam said Many of the people in the boat are garment workers. Although they survived for a while, their belongings were washed away in the river. Whether anyone else is missing in the river will be known later.
Basail Police Station OC Mostafizur Rahman said, "The engine-driven boat was going to Sirajganj with more than 100 passengers. However, no casualties were reported in the boat sinking. In this incident, the joy of their Eid has been ruined."