Dhaka – Two persons were killed after two passenger ferries collided in a river because of foggy weather that disrupted other modes of transports, including halting of flight operations at Bangladesh’s main airport for six hours, officials said on Monday.
Two ferries collided in the River Meghna collided after the mid-night leaving two passengers – a woman and her daughter – dead on the scene. Eight people were also inured and transported to hospital in Chandpur, said Azmal Huda Mithu of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.
The ferries were traveling from opposite directions – to and from Dhaka and Barishal -when they collided in the mid-river.
Dense fog might have caused the accident, said the official adding that the bodies were taken to Dhaka.
According to meteorologists, most parts of Bangladesh were enveloped by fog on Sunday night that also disrupted flight operations at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
The operations resumed in the morning, officials at the airport said adding that the flight operations were suspended 3:15am.
Air Traffic Officer SM Ohidur Rahman said a Dhaka-bound aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Kuala Lampur could not land in Dhaka because of the fog and was eventually landed in Kolkata of India in the early morning.