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At a glance: Major waterway disasters of Bangladesh

  • Published at 06:27 pm June 29th, 2020
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Rescue team recovering bodies from Buriganga River Md Manik/Dhaka Tribune

At least 32 people have been killed when a small launch, called ML Morning Bird, sank following a collision with a larger vessel near the Farashganj ghat of Buriganga River in Dhaka on Monday morning.

After the incident, Dhaka Tribune compiled a chronology of some of the major ferry accidents since 1986.

Apr 20, 1986

At least 200 passengers killed after ‘Atlas Star’ sinks at the Sitalakya River during a storm.

May 25, 1988

600 people got killed after ‘Samia’ overturns in the Meghna River during a storm.

Dec 27, 1988

At least 200 passengers die after a cargo vessel rams ‘Haisal,’ leading it to sink, on the Dhaleswari River.

Aug 20, 1994

Over 200 passengers die after an overcrowded ferry sinks in the Meghna River.

Dec 28, 2000

At least 158 people of MV Rajhongshi die after the launch collides with another vessel in Meghna River during Eid holidays.

May 3, 2002

Over 400 passengers killed after MV Salahuddin-2 sinks at Meghna river.

April 2003

Two launches – ML Mitali and ML Majlish – capsizes during a nor'wester instantly killing at least 300 passengers.

July 8, 2003

At least 110 people die and about 200 go missing and many others injured after MV Nasrin-1, a triple-deck ferry, sinks in the Meghna River.

May 22, 2004

At least 200 die as three ferries – MV Lighting Sun, MV Diganta, and ML Majlishpur – sinks in separate accidents in Bangladesh.

February 21, 2005

Total 118 people die after a ferry sinks close to Dhaka.

August 4, 2014

At least 49 people die and over 50 go missing after MV Pinak, carrying over 300 passengers, capsizes at Padma River.

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