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Sirajganj boat capsize death toll climbs to 5; 11 still missing

  • Published at 01:19 pm May 27th, 2020
Boat capsize
A joint rescue team operating on the Jamuna river to rescue 11 missing people

The engine-run boat sank near Sathalchar area with 73 passengers on board while going to Chauhali from Enayetpur at around 1:30pm on Tuesday

Two more bodies were recovered on Wednesday morning after a boat capsized in the Jamuna River in Chauhali upazila of Sirajganj on Tuesday afternoon, raising the death toll to five.

The deceased are Pashan Fakir, 65, and Naim, 6, son of Shamim Hossain of Goinakandi village in Belkuchi upazila, Sheikh Kamal Molla, 45, of Subarnatali village in Nagorpur upazila in Tangail, Afzal, 32, son of Abdur Rashid in Koizuri area in Shahajadpur upazila and an unidentified youth aged about 30.

Monjil Haque, deputy assistant director of Sirajganj Fire Service, said rescuers from Dhaka arrived in the area and started the rescue operation in the morning.

Confirming the identities of the deceased, Masud Parvez, officer-in-charge of Enayetpur Police Station, said the rescue operation is underway.

The engine-run boat sank near Sathalchar area with 73 passengers on board while going to Chauhali from Enayetpur at around 1:30pm on Tuesday, said Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-charge of Chauhali Police Station.

Fifty-seven passengers managed to swim ashore immediately. On information, members of the police and Fire Service went to the spot and launched a rescue operation, he added.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Firoz Mahmud, Superintendent of Police Hasibul Alam and some other police officials visited the spot.

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