Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

125 feared dead in Bangladesh ferry disaster

A Bangladeshi boy cries for his mother, missing after a ferry they were travelling in capsized in the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling Tuesday to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in the river in central Bangladesh, leaving at least two people dead and probably many more. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) A Bangladeshi boy cries for his mother, missing after a ferry they were travelling in capsized in the River Padma in Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Rescuers were struggling to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers. (Source: AP)
Associated Press | Dhaka | Posted: August 5, 2014 6:25 pm | Updated: August 5, 2014 6:28 pm

Bangladesh’s shipping minister says at least 125 people are presumed dead after a ferry capsized central Bangladesh.

Shajahan Khan told reporters Tuesday that at least 110 people either swam to safety or were rescued.

Apparently, strong currents in the river upturned the boat on Monday carrying nearly double the number of passengers then its capacity as it was crossing the Padma.

It is estimated that more than 200 people were on board the M.V. Pinak when it went down Monday morning. Ferry operators in Bangladesh rarely maintain passenger lists.

An official of the Bangladesh Water Transport Authority, however, admitted their sonar system with capacity to scan a smaller area appeared a little ineffective in tracking down the ferry as the underwater heavy current might have pushed
the vessel elsewhere from the site where it sank.

(With inputs from PTI)

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