Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes, 26 Dead

A double-deck ferry in Bangladesh that carried around 50 passengers capsized after colliding with a cargo vessel from the rear on Sunday, killing at least 26 people, officials said on Monday.

Authorities said emergency crews were able to recover five bodies of passengers overnight and 21 others on Monday.

After searching for survivors and missing passengers of the capsized vessel, fire and civil defense official Ershad Hossain said that rescue workers are still looking for the nine missing people.

According to Narayanganj district administrator Mustain Billah, the ferry capsized on Sunday in the Shitalakhsya River after departing from the industrial district of Narayanganj district for the neighboring Munshiganj district.

“Most of the bodies were found inside the sunken boat after it was dragged to the bank,” Billah said in a statement.

Despite blaming an oil-laden cargo vessel for hitting the ferry that was packed with passengers, authorities ordered an investigation into the incident to determine the cause of the maritime accident.

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