At least 30 people have died and several are missing after a ferry sank and collided with another vessel in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
According to the international news source, the Morning Bird Vessel was damaged from behind by another ferry at 9:30 am local time (0330 GMT) during the Monday morning rush hour.
Abul Khair, a diver in the fire brigade, told the international news agency, “We have collected 30 bodies, including 20 males, seven women, and three children,”
Coastguard spokesman commander Hayet Ibne Siddique said, “There were at least 50 people on board… Our rescue divers are still searching,”
The ferry was about to reach Sadarghat when it sank. It departed from the central Munshiganj district. Hundreds of boats travel Sadarghat, Dhaka’s main river port to travel to the South area.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority’s chief, Commodore Golam Sadeqk, said that the ferry sank “due to carelessness”. It was “not overcrowded”.
He also informed the news agency that the vessel had been cleared to carry passengers until September.
Siddiqui said that another ferry would reach to take the damaged vessel from the water.
Divers are taking bodies out from the wreck, in waters around 40-45 feet deep. The dead bodies were put in body bags before they were laid in rows at the harbor-front.
Golam Sadeq, chief of Bangladesh’s Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said that the ferry sank as it collided with another passenger ferry in the morning.