Barisal launch capsize death toll climbs to 14; 13 missing

Barisal launch capsize death toll climbs to 14; 13 missing


The death toll from the launch capsize in the Sandhya River in Banaripara upazila of the district on Wednesday rose to 14 with the recovery of 12 more bodies.Mustafizur Rahman, deputy director of River Security and Traffic Department of Bangladesh Inland and Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said divers retrieved the 12 bodies from the river in the afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Abdur Razzak, 75, a retired army man, Rabeya Begum, 35, Mozammel Mollah, 62, Rehana Begum, 35, Sukhdeb Mallik, 35, Milon Gharami, 32, Sagar Mir, 15, Joynal Hawladar, 55, Firoza Begum, 55, Shanta, 7, daughter of Siddiqur Rahman, Hira Begum and Monwara Begum, 45-all hailed from Uzirpur and Banaripara upazilas in the district.Earlier, divers recovered the body of Kohinur Begum, 40, wife of Majibor Rahman, hailing from Banaripara, in the morning, while Saleha Begum,60, who was rescued from the river died at the upazila health complex.However, some 13 passengers are still missing, he said.Earlier in the day, the Uzirpur-bound launch ‘ML Oishi’ from Banaripara, with 50-60 passengers on board sank in the river in Banaripara upazila of the district as a heavy chunk of mud from the erosion site on the riverbank fell on the vessel just after it reached Dasherhat Launch Terminal around 11:15am, said officer-in-charge of Banaripara Police Station Ziaul Islam.Of the passengers, 7-8 managed to swim ashore after the incident.Deputy Commissioner of the district Dr Gazi Saifuzzaman visited the spot and announced to provide Tk 10,000 to the families of each of the deceased.Meanwhile, a nine-member committee, headed by Barisal Additional District Magistrate Zakir Hossain was formed to investigate the incident.


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