(ANSA) – DACCA, 03 MAY – At least 25 people died this morning in the collision between two boats on a river in central Bangladesh. This was announced by the police.
“We rescued five people and recovered 25 bodies,” said the head of the local security department Miraz Hossain after a boat with at least 30 passengers on board collided with another vessel on the Padma, near the city of Shibchar.
Maritime accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, which is crossed by hundreds of rivers. Experts attribute most of them to poor boat maintenance, too lax regulations in shipyards but also to overcrowding. Sand-laden barges sail flush with the water and can be difficult to see in rough waters, especially in low-light conditions.
In early April, more than 30 people were killed when a crowded ferry with around 50 passengers from Narayanganj collided with a cargo ship. Last June, a ferry sank in Dhaka after being hit astern by another boat, killing at least 32 people. (HANDLE).
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