Twenty-three people died and dozens more were reported missing on Monday after a capsized ferry to the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, collided with another ship, rescue officials said.
“We have so far recovered 23 bodies from the sunken ferry,” fire chief Enayet Hossain told AFP.
“There were 50 people on board … Our rescue divers are still on the hunt,” she said.
The Morning Bird ship was struck by another ferry at Farashganj, just a few meters from the country’s largest river port, Sadarghat.
Several witnesses told local TV stations that the boat was carrying more than 50 people, many of whom were trapped in cabins.
Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh due to poor safety standards in the country’s many shipyards. Ferries are often overcrowded and sink in bad weather.
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