At least fifteen people died as a result of a passenger boat capsizing in the Buriganga River near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the Bangladeshi authorities reported on Monday.
Rescue divers have found the fifteen bodies drift into the Buriganda River more than two hours after the ferry sank, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) spokesman Mohamad Shahjahan. .
Divers from the Navy, Fire Brigade and the Department of Civil Protection managed to find the remains of the sunken ship at the bottom of the river. According to Golam Sadeq, director of BIWTA, the ferry capsized after colliding with another passenger ship near Farazganj city this Monday morning.
Between ten and fifteen passengers on the overturned ferry, the ‘ML Morning Bird’, managed to swim to the river bank, and the rest of the passengers are not reported. According to BITWA, there were at least 50 passengers on board the ship, although a survivor of the shipwreck, 71 Television, said the ship carried at least 100 passengers.