At least 50 die as ferry capsizes in Padma River, Bangladesh

Update Feb 23, 2015

Pradma ferry pulled out to the bank after rescue operation

More than 20 hours after the disaster occurred on the river Padma, the rescue operation has been called off by deputy Commissioner Rashida Ferdous, although local authorities will keep on searching with the help of divers and trawlers. So far, 69 bodies have been fished out of the river, 12 of them still to be identified, but there’s no possibility to verify the exact number of passengers who were on board.
The double decker ferry has been dragged to the bank of the river, where families have been gathering to recognise the remains of their relatives, while the captain of the cargo vessel that caused the collision has been arrested, together with his two crew members.



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Update Feb 22, 2015

At least 50 die as ferry capsizes in Padma River, Bangladesh



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A ferry on its way to Daulatdia was hit by cargo vessel MV Nargis-1 and capsized soon after it left Paturia dock around Sunday noon. The capsized ferry was making a one hour crossing journey across the Padma river in Daulatdia, to Paturia in Rajbari.

Rescuers have pulled at least 48 bodies out of the Padma, most of them are children and women. Local people rescued 30-40 of the passengers while some others managed to swim ashore. Besides, about 50 passengers of the ferry could not be traced after the incident.

Ferry disasters with heavy losses of life are not uncommon in low-lying Bangladesh due to a lax safety standards and the popularity of boat travel for negotiating waterways in the deprived country.

Paturia, Manikganj district, Bangladesh. Feb. 22, 2015

Mandatory credit: Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

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