32 killed, dozens missing after overcrowded passenger ferryboat capsizes in Bangladesh

   September 26, 2022 ,   Accidents

On Sunday, September 25th, at least 32 people died after a ferryboat carrying ~50 passengers capsized in a river in Bangladesh.

Dozens are still missing. Divers and firefighters are searching for more bodies.

At least 10 people have been rescued and hospitalized, according to local media reports.

The marine accident took place in the middle of the Karatoya/Karotoa River (aka Phuljhur) in the country's northern region Panchagarh (Rajshahi).

According to Jahurul Islam (Panchagarh district administrator), the recovered bodies include women and children. The search and rescue operation for the missing is ongoing.

A video of the accident showed the overcrowded ship suddenly flipping and the people falling into the muddy water while dozens standing on the banks started screaming.

According to the local police, the vessel was packed with 50 Hindu pilgrims.

Hundreds of people die every year in Bangladesh due to ferry accidents, attributed to it being a low-lying delta country on the course of the rivers Brahmaputra and Ganga. 

Bangladesh has an extensive network of 230 rivers. Naval officers have indicated that 95% of the thousands of small/medium-sized boats don't meet international safety regulations.

Thousands of Hindu pilgrims make their way to the Bodeshwari Temple every year, which was the case on Sunday too, as it marks the beginning of Durga Puja, one of the largest Hindu festivals in the Muslim-majority country.