In Bangladesh, the tragedy of a boat kills 51


Dhaka, Sep 26 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sep 27, 2022): Rescuers recovered another 26 bodies on Monday after a boat carrying religious pilgrims capsized in Bangladesh, raising the death toll to 51 with at least a dozen of people still missing, police said.

The small boat filled mainly with women and children en route to a popular temple overturned in a river on Sunday as onlookers shouted from the shore.

The incident near the remote northern town of Boda was the latest in a series of similar tragedies blamed on poor maintenance and overcrowding in the low-lying delta country.

Regional police chief Sirajul Huda said navy firefighters and divers recovered 26 bodies from the Karotoa River downstream from where the boat overturned.

It was carrying around 90 people, including around 50 pilgrims en route to the centuries-old Hindu temple for a major festival, police said.

Huda said up to 15 people are still missing.

“We canceled the search overnight. We will resume our search operations tomorrow morning,” he told AFP.

Police said they reduced the number of missing people as some reported finding relatives who swam to safety.

Huda said the boat carried three times its capacity.


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