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World Bangladesh: The ferry's shipwreck assessment rises to 34 dead

14:25  06 april  2021
14:25  06 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Bangladesh: le bilan du naufrage d'un ferry s'alourdit à 34 morts © provided by the

L e record of the sinking of a ferry Sunday at Bangladesh rolled to 34 dead with discovery. Six new bodies, while two people remain missing, told officials.

The ferry was carrying about fifty people from NarayanGanj (center) when he died as a result of a Sunday collision with a larger cargo ship.

The passengers were trying to go home after the government instituted a seven-day national containment from Monday to fight against a recent increase in CVIV-19 cases.

The authorities had interrupted the searches on Monday after clearing the ship from the Shitalakshya River, strongly polluted, and found 22 bodies. But under the pressure of parents of still disappeared people, the rescuers resumed their operations on Monday night, flying over with helicopters the muddy waters looking for victims.

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"According to the testimonials of relatives, at least two people are always missing," said a local, Mustain Billah, to the AFP .

Under the containment announced for seven days in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, all interior transport were suspended Monday and closed shops and shopping center.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a country of deltas crossed by hundreds of rivers. Millions of people are heavily dependent on ferries for transport, particularly in the coastal region of the south of the country, but ships are unsafe.

Experts attribute most accidents to poor vessel maintenance, lax safety standards in shipyards and overcrowding.

In June of last year, a ferry had sunk down after being struck by another boat, and at least 32 people perished.

In February 2015, at least 78 people had perished when an overloaded vessel collided with a cargo ship in a river from the center of the country.

06/04/2021 09:56:19 - NarayanGanj (Bangladesh) - © 2021 AFP

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