A Bangladeshi ferry carrying more than 1,000 passengers sank late
Friday, leaving at least 33 people dead and many others missing.
Local authorities say the incident occurred on the Tetulia River (near the town of Lalmohan)
on Bhola island, some 150 kilometers south of the capital, Dhaka. They
say many of the passengers were going home for the Muslim holiday, Eid
Officials say the vessel tipped over when passengers were disembarking
at a ferry terminal. Rescuers rushed to the scene to search for people
trapped in cabins on lower levels.
Fatal ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh. Many of the incidents
are blamed on poor safety standards, lax enforcement and boats that are
often loaded far beyond capacity.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina,
who is now in Port of Spain attending the Commonwealth summit, expressed her
grief at Friday's launch disaster and ordered speedy rescue operation and
investigation into the accident. Hasina has sent condolences to the families of
the victims. Minister for Shipping Shajahan Khan , immediately rushed to the
place where the incident took place. Efforts are bring carried on to rescue the
people who might still be confined in the sunken launch