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Launch capsize in Shitalakkhya: 27 dead bodies recovered

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|  05 Apr 2021, 16:49
Launch capsize in Shitalakkhya: 27 dead bodies recovered
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More 22 dead bodies were recovered from the launch that capsized in the river Shitalakkhya yesterday after being hit by a goods laden cargo. The launch was salvaged to the bank of the river with help of a salvage ship at 12:15 pm on Monday. Then the rescuers began to bring out the dead bodies from the salvaged launch. Total 27 dead bodies were recovered including yesterday’s five.

The information was confirmed by Bandar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shulka Sarkar.

On Sunday evening the launch named Sabit Al Hasan carrying more than 50 passengers capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj after being hit by a goods laden cargo. Then five dead bodies were recovered in the night. With 22 more dead bodies recovered today the death toll reached at 27.

The joint rescue operation is being conducted by BIWTA, Coast Guard, Fire Service and River police. Two separate investigation committees have been formed by Narayanganj district administration and BIWTA.

Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah said on Sunday midnight that five dead bodies of women were recovered. Taka 25 thousand will be provided to the family members of each deceased.

In this connection an investigation committee comprising seven members headed by Additional District Magistrate Tahera Khanam Bobby has been formed. The committee was asked to submit the report within five working days.

On the other hand Public Relations Officer of shipping ministry Jahangir Alam Khan said, a four-member probe committee headed by BIWTA Director Md. Rafiqul Islam was formed to find out cause of the accident.


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