A nor’wester storm was blowing over Memania union of Hizla upazila around 8:30am on Wednesday
Two people died when a trawler capsized in the Meghna River during stormy weather in Hizla upazila of Barisal on Wednesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Abdur Rob Bepari, 55, a grocery trader and Rajib Bhuiya, 15, a ninth-grader of Gobindapur village.
Asim Kumar Shikdar, officer-in-charge of Hizla police station, confirming the matter, said nor’wester storm was blowing over Memania union of Hizla upazila around 8:30am on Wednesday.
“The passenger trawler carrying 14 passengers and goods from Gobindapur to Shaora, fell victim to the storm and capsized mid-river. Twelve passengers saved their lives by swimming to the shore but two remained missing,” he said.
Police, during the rescue operation with the help of fishermen, recovered the dead bodies of Abdur Rob Bepari and Rajib Bhuiya from the riverbed.
Ajmal Huda Mithu, deputy director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, said the trawler was plying on the river without any route permit.