30 dead after Dhaka ferry sinks

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 30 Jun 2020

At least 30 people died and a dozen are missing after a ferry capsized and sank yesterday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, rescue officials said.

The Morning Bird vessel was hit from behind by another ferry around 9.30am during the morning rush hour.

"We have collected 30 bodies, including 20 males, seven women and three children," Abul Khair, a diver in the fire brigade, said.

The ferry, which departed from central Munshiganj district, sank as it was about to moor at Sadarghat, Dhaka's main river port.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's chief, Commodore Golam Sadeqk, said the single-deck ship was "not overcrowded" and sank "due to carelessness."

Witnesses told local television stations many passengers appeared to be stuck in the ferry's cabins.

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