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At least 5 killed after boat capsizes in Bangladesh


The boat carrying about 18 people capsized following a collision with a sand-carrying vessel in the river in the early hours of Saturday.

 At least five bodies were recovered after a boat capsized in the Turag river in Savar, on the outskirts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Saturday.

Khaleda Yasmin, a duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense Headquarters, told Xinhua that "the bodies of three boys, a woman and a girl have so far been retrieved."

According to the official, the boat carrying about 18 people capsized following a collision with a sand-carrying vessel in the river in the early hours of Saturday.

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Yasmin said most of the passengers were able to swim ashore after the incident.

Some passengers of the vessel are still missing, Yasmin added.

In Bangladesh, ferries are a major means of transport while most of them are often overcrowded.

Rescuers retrieve bodies of victims following a boat accident in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 9, 2021. (Xinhua)

Published : October 10, 2021

By : Xinhua