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Padma boat tragedy: Death toll rises to 5

Three people still remain missing

Update : 04 Oct 2021, 06:30 PM

The death toll from last week’s tragic boat accident in the Padma River rose to five with the recovery of another child’s body on Monday.

Three people still remain missing, said the officials.

The body of missing Brishti Khatun, 8, daughter of Harunur Rashid of Bish Rossia village in Panka union of Shibganj upazila was recovered from the barrier dam 8 area of the river.

Shibganj police station Officer-in-Charge Md Asaduzzaman said family members of the child spotted the body in the morning and recovered it from the river.

The body was buried without an autopsy according to the family’s request, he said.

The tragedy occurred on September 29, afternoon when the boat carrying 47 people sank in the Padma River off the coast of Lakshmipur in Shibganj.

The other five deceased were identified as Nilufar Begum, 62, wife of Khairul Islam of Bish Rossia village in Panka union of Shibganj upazila, and her grandchildren Maisha, 5, and Asmaul 7, children of Babu Ali, and Daisy Begum,35, wife of Harunur Rashid, Bish Rossia village.

Shibganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shakib Al Rabbi said the boat carrying around 50 people capsized in the river around 2.15 pm owing to strong winds.

The boat was heading towards Bishrashia from Boglauri of Shibganj upazila.

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