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Death toll in Bangladesh's ferry capsizal rises to 21, 100 more feared dead

English.news.cn   2014-08-07 10:52:48

DHAKA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Three days after an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma River in Bangladesh's central Munshiganj district, the death toll has swelled to 21, while 100 more were believed to be trapped inside the still unlocated sunken vessel.

The overloaded ferry, carrying some 250 passengers on the Padma River in Munshiganj, some 27 km southeast of capital Dhaka, sank in at about 11:15 a.m. local time on Monday after it was caught in storm.

"With the recovery of 10 more bodies, the toll in the ferry capsizal rose to 21 on Thursday morning," Tofazzal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Lauhajang Police Station in Munshiganj district, told Xinhua via mobile phone.

According to officials, over 100 people are still missing.

Hundreds of relatives of the ill-fated passengers are still awaiting at the accident site on adjoining river banks in the quest for missing persons.

They thronged to the river shore and wailed for the bodies of their near and dear ones.

Some of them were searching the bodies of their relatives by hiring trawlers and boats as many bodies are feared to have floated far away.

A pal of gloom, however, descended over people in Munshiganj and neighboring districts as most of the accident victims come from the region.

Many of the victims' family members at the accident site have expressed sheer dissatisfaction and resentment with the slower pace of rescue operation which officials say were badly hampered due to inclement weather.

Three days after the accident occurred, rescuers despite hectic efforts failed to locate any trace of the sunken ferry.

Hossain said divers from Fire Brigade and Civil Defence, Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard have still been struggling to locate a sunken ferry.

Many sunken ferry victims are believed to be trapped below deck.

Ferry and boat disasters are common in Bangladesh, which is criss-crossed by about 250 rivers. Ferry is still a key means of transport in Bangladesh. Scores of people are killed each year in ferry disasters.

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