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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