Barisal launch capsize death toll hits 23; 4 missing

Barisal launch capsize death toll hits 23; 4 missing

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Barisal: The death toll from Wednesday’s launch capsize in the Sandhya River in Banaripara upazila climbed to 23 with the recovery of nine more bodies on Thursday.
Of the nine bodies, four were retrieved in the morning while two in the afternoon and the rest three at night, said officer-in-charge of Banaripara Police Station Ziaul Ahsan. UNB News Agency Reported.
Eight of them were identified as Sakhwan, 3, Rafi, 7, Riyad, 3, Maisa, 1, Maria, 7, and Hamida Begum, 40, wife of Khalilur Rahman, Ruhul Amin, 30, and Khuku Moni, –hailing from Wazirpur and Banaripara upazilas in the district,.
Meanwhile, four people are still missing in the incident.
The sunken launch, ‘ML Oishi’, was salvaged in the morning, nearly 21 hours after it capsized in the Sandhya River on Wednesday morning.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) rescue vessel ‘Nirvik’ salvaged the sunken launch around 8:45 am which was located some 60 feet beneath the water.
The bodies of the four children — Sakhwan, Rafi, Riyad, and Maisa — were recovered from inside the launch in the morning while divers fished out the body of Maria, 7, from near the spot around 5:45 pm and that of Hamid and Ruhul from Nalsi area around 6:50 pm and 8:30 pm respectively.
The body of Khuku Moni was recovered from Khejurbari and that of the unidentified man from the spot at night, the OC said.
The Wazirpur-bound launch with 50-60 passengers on board sank in the river in Banaripara upazila 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 11:15 am on Wednesday.
Divers retrieved 13 bodies from the river while another victim died at a hospital on Wednesday.

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