5 folks, together with three kids, injured within the accident, which occurred when a speedboat collided with a cargo vessel.

A minimum of 26 folks have been killed after a speedboat filled with passengers collided with a vessel transporting sand within the newest maritime catastrophe to hit Bangladesh.

Police mentioned on Monday the speedboat carrying about 36 passengers from the city of Mawa slammed into the opposite vessel on the Padma River close to the agricultural city of Shibchar.

“We’ve got to date recovered 26 our bodies, together with a girl. We’ve got additionally rescued 5 injured folks, together with three kids,” police official Amir Hossain mentioned.

Hossain mentioned the bow of the passenger boat was destroyed when the speedboat smashed into the facet of the transport vessel and rapidly sank.

The speedboat was carrying passengers in violation of presidency restrictions throughout a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, mentioned Rahima Khatun, a high authorities official within the space.

Divers and native folks retrieved 26 our bodies from the water and have been looking for these nonetheless lacking.

Witness Abdur Rahman mentioned there was a loud noise when the boats collided and the vessels then overturned.

“Once we rushed to the spot we discovered the speedboat torn into two items. A whole bunch of villagers instantly began conducting rescue work earlier than they have been joined by police and the hearth brigade,” he mentioned.

Gradual ferry transport

Bangladesh is constructing the nation’s largest street and railway bridge close to the spot the place the accident occurred, and police mentioned officers have been instantly on the scene.

Building work has slowed ferry transport on the river, prompting many to make the journey on the less-safe speedboats, which take solely about quarter-hour to make the crossing in distinction to as much as two hours on ferries.

Khatun mentioned the motive force of the speedboat could be investigated as he appeared to have hit the transport vessel, which was moored on the time.

“A probe has been ordered into the accident,” he mentioned.

Maritime accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by tons of of rivers.

Authorities blame poor upkeep, lax security requirements at shipyards, and overcrowding for most of the accidents.

Vessels transporting sand sit low within the water and could be arduous to see in uneven situations, significantly when mild is poor.

In early April, greater than 30 folks died when a ferry filled with 50 passengers hurrying dwelling from the central metropolis of Narayanganj forward of the upcoming coronavirus lockdown collided with a bigger cargo vessel.

In June final 12 months, a ferry sank within the capital Dhaka after it was hit from behind by one other ferry, killing no less than 32 folks.

In February 2015, no less than 78 folks died when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo ship.