10 dead as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Sep 9 (IANS) At least 10 people died and many more were missing after a ferry capsized following a collision with another vessel in Bangladesh’s Gumai river in Netrokona district on Wednesday.

Mohammad Fakhruzzaman Jewel, the district’s additional police chief, told Xinhua over phone that “10 bodies including five women and five children have been found.”

According to the official, the boat capsized after it was hit by a sand-laden trawler in the river at around 11 a.m. (local time), Xinhua news agency reported.

“We’ve come to know that the boat was carrying about 30 to 32 passengers,” he said.

According to the official, eight of the passengers were able to swim ashore after the ferry capsized.

He said rescuers have been struggling against a strong current and choppy waters of the Gumai river to find the missing persons.

The boat has not been salvaged and brought to shore yet.

At least 17 travellers were killed after an overcrowded boat capsized in a wetland in the district last month.

–IANS

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