Bangladesh boat crash: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises to 61


The death toll from the sinking of an overcrowded ferry carrying Hindu worshipers in northern Bangladesh rose to 61 on Tuesday, with many passengers still missing two days after the disaster.

Onlookers and relatives of the missing gathered along the riverbank as rescuers searched for bodies, witnesses said.

“I just want to see my mother’s face,” said Deepak Chandra Roy, speaking through tears as he looked for his mother. Her son was saved.

The dead recovered so far included 28 women and 18 children, said Jahurul Islam, chief administrator of the northern district of Panchagarh, where the accident happened.

“Divers are looking for more bodies as some are still missing,” he said, adding that the ferry took Hindu worshipers to a temple on the occasion of Mahalaya, when Hindus make offerings to their ancestors. .

The death toll is the worst for a maritime disaster in the country since 2015, when at least 78 people died after an overloaded ferry collided with a cargo ship in a river west of the capital, Dhaka .

A five-member committee was investigating Sunday’s sinking, but initial reports suggested the boat was carrying nearly three times its capacity, Islam said.

Police said while some of the passengers managed to swim ashore or were rescued, around 10 were still missing. Passengers said more than 80 people were on board.

Dozens of people die each year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying country with vast inland waterways and lax safety standards.


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