Launch Capsize: Death toll now 35 | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 07, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:35 AM, April 07, 2021

Launch Capsize: Death toll now 35

Six more bodies were recovered from the Shitalakkhya yesterday morning, after Sunday's passenger launch capsize.

The bodies started floating near Koilaghat area in the river from 6:00am. River police searched and recovered six bodies till 10:30am, said Mina Mahmuda, superintendent of River Police in Narayanganj.

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With them, the death toll rose to 35. One more person is still missing, police said.

The identities of the six could not be known immediately.

The launch named Sabit Al Hasan left Narayanganj Launch Terminal for Munshiganj with nearly 50 passengers around 5:56pm on Sunday. Around 15 minutes later, it sank near the third Shitalakkhya Bridge at Koylaghat of Syedpur area when it was hit and dragged by a tanker.

Immediately after the accident, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), Fire Service and Civil Defence, Coast Guard, and Police joined the rescue operation.

 

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