-Bangladesh ferry collides with cargo vessel, kills 26, multiple missing
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives in a launch capsized in Shitalakkhya River, Bangladesh.
In a tweet on Monday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed heartfelt condolences to the government and brotherly people of Bangladesh and the bereaved families. “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in a launch capsize in Shitalakkhya River, Bangladesh,” the FO said in a tweet.
“Heartfelt condolences to the government and brotherly people of Bangladesh and the bereaved families,” the FO said. Earlier, a Bangladesh ferry carrying around 50 passengers collided with a cargo vessel and sank on Sunday in the Shitalakhsya River south of the capital Dhaka, leaving at least 26 people dead and a few still missing, officials said.
Twenty one bodies had been recovered on Monday. The ferry sank just after it departed from the industrial Narayanganj district about 20 kms (12 mies) from Dhaka, to Munshiganj, said Mustain Billah, Narayanganj district administrator.
“Most of the bodies were found inside the sunken boat after it was dragged to the bank,” he said, adding a few still could be missing.
Police and officials said some of the passengers managed to swim ashore.
Relatives gathered at the river bank to search for their loved ones. Rescuers, including divers from the fire brigade, were searching for survivors on Monday while salvage operations were hampered by a storm last night. The boat was packed with people rushing to leave the city after the government announced a week-long nationwide lockdown from Monday to tackle a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Bangladesh reported a record daily jump of 7,087 coronavirus infections on Sunday, taking its total number of cases to 637,364 with 9,266 deaths.