Prime News, International, (Dhaka), June 29:-Twenty-three people drowned and dozens more were missing on Monday after a ferry capsized in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, rescue officials said.
“We have so far recovered 23 bodies from the sunken ferry,” fire brigade official Enayet Hossain told AFP, adding that there were believed to be around 50 people on board.
Rescuers were continuing their search, said Debashish Bardhan, deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defense.
It wasn’t clear how many people swam to safety or are still missing.
The Morning Bird ferry was travelling on the Buriganga River to the capital, Dhaka, from neighboring Munshiganj district, but it was hit by another ferry near Shyambazar and capsized.
Divers from the navy, fire service and civil defence department then managed to locate the sunken vessel on the riverbed. Fourteen more bodies were pulled from the underwater wreckage.
Serious accidents involving ferries are quite common in Bangladesh, a country of many rivers.
Experts blame poor safety measures and the lax implementation of regulations.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)