Boat capsize kills 10 in north-eastern Bangladesh
September 25th, 2019 at 4:33 pm
Boat capsize kills 10 in north-eastern Bangladesh

Dhaka – At least 10 people have been killed after a small passenger-boat sank in a hoar of north-eastern Bangladeshi district of Sunamganj, officials said on Wednesday.

The locally-made engine-propelled boat overturned near Kaliakuta haor of Derai upazila of the district when it was caught in a stormy weather on Tuesday night.

Twenty of the passengers, who began the journey from their village to join a marriage ceremony at another village more than 30 kilometres away, were rescued by the local fishermen while the rest went missing, said Manzur Alam Chowdhury, chairman of Dirai upazila council.

Divers from the Fire Service and Civil Defence department, retrieved bodied of four people in the night while the six other bodies were found on Wednesday, he told by phone from the scene.

The rescue operation was called off in the noontime Chowdhury added.

Twenty-one of a total of 31 passengers of the boat was rescued.

The district administration had announced a small package of aid to the families of those died in the accident.

Death from boat capsize is common in the north-eastern haors, a huge water-body that forms during the monsoon and dries up mostly in the post-monsoon period, are very common as people travel through turbulent routes.

Bangladesh’s most haros are located in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts.