DHAKA, Bangladesh—At the very least 22 individuals died when a Bangladeshi passenger boat sank with greater than 100 aboard, and the driving force of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat was arrested, officers stated Saturday.
The boat sank Friday night in a big physique of water within the jap district of Brahmanbari, 51 miles east of the capital, Dhaka.
No passengers had been believed lacking after almost 24 hours of search efforts, stated Emon Sarker, an obligation officer with the district’s fireplace service and civil protection, who additionally supplied the ultimate demise toll. That’s after preliminary stories stated round 50 passengers had been lacking, citing native officers and media.
“Perhaps many swam to security. There was no passenger listing. It occurs right here. Right this moment, no one got here to us on the lookout for any lacking individuals,” Sarker stated by telephone.
Bangladesh is a delta nation the place water transport is closely used to maneuver individuals and items. However lethal accidents are widespread on account of unskilled operations and poor enforcement of security guidelines. The nation is crisscrossed by 230 rivers, and throughout the monsoon season, some low-lying areas fill with water and are additionally utilized by boats.
Sarker stated the sunken boat was nonetheless submerged and could be delivered to shore Sunday.
The cargo boat’s driver and two assistants had been caught by locals within the Bijoynagar space and turned over to the authorities, stated Anisur Rahman, the district police superintendent.
Native police official Imranul Islam initially supplied the determine of 21 useless, talking by telephone late Friday. Survivors stated about 100 individuals had been aboard. Native information stories, quoting the world’s high authorities administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, stated about 50 individuals had been lacking.
A witness stated two cargo vessels hit the boat, which sank rapidly, Dhaka-based The Each day Star newspaper reported.
“I used to be grazing cattle on the financial institution. I heard a loud noise and noticed the cargo vessels hitting the passenger trawler. I noticed the trawler sinking rapidly,” witness Nurul Amin informed the paper.