50 die as river ferry capsizes in Bangladesh

50 die as river ferry capsizes in BangladeshAbout 50 people died in a ferry disaster in the same district in May A ferry carrying about 200 passengers has capsized south-west of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, officials say.

Emergency workers and army teams are at the scene in Munshiganj district where the accident happened on the River Padma, 30km (20 miles) from Dhaka.

Reports say some 50 people have been rescued from the vessel, the Pinak-6. [eap_ad_2] Accidents are common on Bangladesh’s river network and scores of people are killed every year, with overcrowding and poor boat quality often to blame.

Boats are the main form of travel in some rural parts of the country.

It was not immediately clear what caused Monday’s accident.

“We have heard that the ferry was overloaded with passengers and the river was rough,” local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP news agency.[eap_ad_3]

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