At least 26 people died in a collision between two boats on a river in Bangladesh, according to police on Monday morning. Five people on board could be rescued and people are still missing.
The shipping disaster happened on the Padma River, near the city of Shibchar. A boat with at least 30 passengers collided with a ship carrying sand. “We rescued 5 people and recovered 26 bodies,” said local police chief Miraz Hossain.
The bow of the passenger boat was completely destroyed in the impact, causing it to sink in the river, Hussain said. Police, fire brigade and army rescue teams are on site to conduct search and rescue operations. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
Maritime accidents are common in Bangladesh. Experts attribute most of these accidents to poor boat maintenance and lax shipyard standards.
In early April, more than 30 people were killed when a ferry carrying about 50 passengers from Narayanganj collided with a cargo ship. In June, a ferry sank in Dhaka after being hit by another ferry. At least 32 people lost their lives.