Date
17 August 2017
People mourn after at least 39 died in Sunday's collision between a passenger ferry and a trawler in Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters
People mourn after at least 39 died in Sunday's collision between a passenger ferry and a trawler in Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters

39 dead in Bangladesh ferry disaster

At least 39 people are dead and a dozen missing after a passenger ferry collided with a trawler in Bangladesh Sunday.

Rescuers saved 50 of the 100 ferry passengers and were still searching for more survivors, Reuters reported Monday, citing Bangladeshi police.

More than half of the 39 bodies retrieved from the water were women and children, regional police official Bidhan Tripura said.

Police have seized the trawler and arrested the captain and his two crew, he said.

The ferry was heading to Paturia from Daulatdia in Rajbari on the opposite bank of the river, 136 km. northwest of Dhaka.

Shajahan Khan, the shipping minister, said an investigation is under way.

A similar accident on Feb. 13 killed at least seven passengers in southern Bangladesh.

The low-lying country, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, suffers regular ferry disasters, with deaths sometimes running into the hundreds.

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