WORLD At least 17 dead after ferry sinks in Bangladesh capital river

WORLD

At least 17 dead after ferry sinks in Bangladesh capital river

Xinhua

15:19, June 29, 2020

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DHAKA, June 29 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were killed after a ferry carrying scores of passengers capsized in a river in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka Monday morning, Enayet Hossain, senior duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, said.

"The bodies of the 17 people have so far been recovered," the officer told Xinhua.

According to the officer, the Dhaka-bound ferry "Morning Bird" capsized after it was hit by another boat "Moyur-2" in Buriganga river near Dhaka's Sadarghat ferry terminal at around 9:30 a.m. local time.

The ferry was reportedly carrying over 100 passengers.

The officer said a search operation was still underway for the missing.

Ferry is a key means of transport in the country and most of them are often overcrowded.

Ferry accidents are frequent in the country which is criss-crossed by hundreds of rivers.

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