Ferry Carrying Around 100 People Capsizes in Bangladesh River

by Colonel on February 8, 2013

“Police said there were no immediate reports of casualties after the ferry, MV Sarash, went down on the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Dhaka.

The private television station Channel-I said local villagers rescued more than 40 people after the accident. Several other people were able to swim to shore, the report said.

The ferry was on a local run from Narayanganj city to Matlab in the south.

” — Copyright 2013 ABC Inc., KTRK-TV/DT

“A ferry carrying around 100 people has sunk in a river near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, reports say.

A number of people were said to be unaccounted for after the boat went down in the Meghna River.

District administrator Saifuddin Badal told the AFP news agency that about 25 people were believed to have swum to the shore.

Ferry accidents are common on Bangladesh’s vast river network and scores of people are killed every year.

The cause of the latest sinking was not immediately, but such incidents are often blamed on overcrowding and poor quality boats.

” — Copyright 2013 BBC

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