A tiny ferry carrying passengers collided with a cargo vessel and sank on the Shitalakshya River in central Bangladesh on Sunday, killing at least five people and leaving at least twelve people still missing.
The MV Afsar Uddin carrying at least 50 passengers sank after being hit by thge MV Ruposhi-9 around 2:20 pm local time on Sunday, officials said.
Local police officer Mohammad Moniruzzaman said that as many as 50 people had boarded the ferry when it left from the district of Narayanganj, located 20 kilometers from the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, headed for Munshiganj.
The police do not yet know the exact number of people missing.
Moniruzzaman stated that “The rescue operation for those missing is ongoing.”
Among the six bodies recovered include two women and two children.
In December 2021, at least 41 people died when a ferry caught fire.
Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, killing hundreds of people each year.
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