23 die, several missing after ferry accident in Bangladesh: Report

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 29, 2020, 01.59 PM(IST)

Rescue workers bring bodies of victims after a ferry capsized at the Sadarghat ferry terminal in Dhaka on June 29, 2020. Photograph:( AFP )

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The Morning Bird vessel was hit by another ferry at Farashganj, just metres (yards) from the country's largest river port Sadarghat, according to report.

Twenty-three people died while several others were missing on Monday after a ferry capsized in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, news agency AFP reported quoting rescue officials.

"We have so far recovered 23 bodies from the sunken ferry," fire brigade official Enayet Hossain told AFP.

"There were 50 people on board... Our rescue divers are still searching," she said.

The Morning Bird vessel was hit by another ferry at Farashganj, just metres (yards) from the country's largest river port Sadarghat, according to report.

Several witnesses told local television stations that the boat was carrying more than 50 people, with many stuck in cabins.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh due to poor safety standards in the country's many shipyards. The ferries are often overcrowded and sink in bad weather.