At Least 26 Killed in Bangladesh Speedboat Crash

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — At the least 26 individuals died and several other others have been lacking on Monday after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk service and sank within the Padma River in Bangladesh, the police stated.

“Rescuers discovered 26 useless our bodies, and a few nonetheless may very well be lacking,” stated Miraj Hossain, a senior police official of the central Madaripur District, the place the accident occurred.

5 individuals have been rescued and despatched to a hospital, he stated.

The speedboat was carrying passengers in violation of presidency restrictions throughout a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, Rahima Khatun, a high authorities official within the space, instructed The Related Press.

It overturned whereas heading for Madaripur District from Munshiganj District, the official stated. Bangladesh is beneath a lockdown till Wednesday to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.

A whole bunch of individuals die every year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation that has intensive inland waterways and lax security requirements.

It was the second deadly maritime accident in a month. In April, a collision between a cargo ship and a small ferry killed 27 people and left greater than a dozen others swimming for his or her lives in central Bangladesh, the newest in an extended historical past of disasters on the nation’s closely trafficked waterway.

In June final 12 months, at the very least 32 individuals drowned after the passenger boat they have been on collided with a ferry and capsized in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

At least 15 people drowned in February 2020 after an overcrowded boat carrying Rohingya refugees capsized off the coast of Bangladesh.

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