Rescue staff seek for victims after a ferry capsized on the Sadarghat ferry terminal in Dhaka
DHAKA: At the very least 30 individuals died and a dozen are lacking after a ferry capsized and sank Monday within the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with one other vessel, rescue officers mentioned.
The Morning Hen vessel was hit from behind by one other ferry round 9:30 am native time (0330 GMT) in the course of the morning rush hour, when the nation’s largest river port is full of vessels.
“We’ve got collected 30 our bodies, together with 20 males, seven ladies and three kids,” Abul Khair, a diver within the fireplace brigade, advised AFP.
“There have been at the least 50 individuals on board… Our rescue divers are nonetheless looking out,” coastguard spokesman commander Hayet Ibne Siddique mentioned.
The ferry — which departed from central Munshiganj district — sank because it was about to moor at Sadarghat, Dhaka’s principal river port utilized by tons of of boats to journey to the nation’s south.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s chief, Commodore Golam Sadeqk, advised AFP the single-deck ship was “not overcrowded” and sank “as a result of carelessness”.
He mentioned the vessel had been cleared to hold passengers till September.
Witnesses advised native tv stations many passengers seemed to be caught within the ferry’s cabins.
Divers had been nonetheless pulling our bodies from the wreck, in waters some 40-50 toes (12-15 metres) deep. The deceased had been put in body-bags earlier than they had been laid in rows on the harbour-front.
One other boat would later arrive to raise the broken vessel from the water, Siddique mentioned.
Family gathered at Sadarghat regardless of coronavirus social distancing issues to seek for their household.
“I nonetheless do not know what occurred to them,” a person, trying to find his cousin and one other relative, advised reporters.
Boat accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by greater than 230 rivers.
The South Asian nation is closely reliant on ferries for transport however has had a poor security document.
Specialists blame badly maintained vessels, lax security requirements at shipyards and overcrowding for most of the accidents.
In February 2015 at the least 78 individuals died when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo boat in a central Bangladesh river.
The variety of accidents has dropped sharply in recent times as authorities crackdown on unseaworthy vessels.