Bangladesh Ferry Accident Claims 30 Lives

By Abimbola Ogunnaike with agency report

No fewer than 30 people, including three children, drowned on Monday after the passenger boat they were on collided with a ferry and capsized in Bangladesh’s capital city, Dhaka.

The boat was carrying more than 50 passengers, including local government officers.

The development is the latest disaster for a country haunted by maritime accidents.

The capsized ship, called the Morning Bird, had just completed an hourlong journey to the Sadarghat river port in the city of Dhaka when it collided with the other vessel, officials said.

An official of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport, Commodore Golam Sadeqk, told Agence France-Presse that the ship had sunk because of “carelessness” and had not been overcrowded.

The authorities said that they had opened an investigation and seized the ferry involved in the accident.An official with the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, M.D. Selim, told reporters, “After offloading some of the passengers at one terminal, the Morning Bird was traveling backward when another vessel crashed into it.”


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