The Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry has on Monday expressed heartfelt condolences to the government of Bangladesh after an unfortunate ferry incident occurred which led to the death of 26 people.
According to the details, the double-decker ferry overturned in Bangladesh after a cargo vessel hit it from the back leaving 26 people dead.
The FO in his Twitter message wrote, “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in a launch capsize in #Shitalakkhya River, Bangladesh. Heartfelt condolences to the govt. and brotherly people of Bangladesh and the bereaved families.”
Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives in a launch capsize in #Shitalakkhya River, Bangladesh. Heartfelt condolences to the govt. and brotherly people of Bangladesh and the bereaved families.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) April 5, 2021
According to rescue officials, nine people are still missing. The ferry, however, carried more than 50 passengers and it collided with another boat in central Bangladesh on Sunday.
“The sunken ferry was extracted from the heavily polluted Shitalakshya River as hundreds of relatives of the missing watched from the shore,” rescuers added.
“We have found 21 bodies today after the ship was pulled out of the water,” a rescue official told.
The packed ferry was the result of the government’s latest announcement that it would impose a seven-day lockdown across the country after a sharp rise in Coronavirus cases.
The lockdown restrictions would be effective to all domestic travel services – including buses, ferries, trains and flights from Monday under the lockdown.