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B’desh boat capsize toll reaches 33

Dhaka, Jun 30 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/30/2020 10:12:57 AM IST

The death toll from a boat capsize in Bangladesh’s Buriganga river has increased to 33 after another body was recovered on Tuesday, authorities said, adding many other passengers were feared missing.

The body was recovered when the sunken vessel was being pulled out of water, The Daily Star newspaper quoted Anisur Rahman, duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, as saying. The boat, Morning Bird, which was en route to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized on Monday morning after it was hit by another vessel, Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal. It was reportedly carrying over 100 passengers, according to local police.

The police said that a novice was allegedly at the helm of Moyur-2 when it slammed into the boat causing it to capsize. Seven people have sued on charge of negligence. The highly polluted Buriganga river forms a part of the main waterway connecting Dhaka with other parts of the country, Efe news said in a report. 

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