Twenty six killed in boat accident in Bangladesh

A speedboat is seen ashore after it collided with a sand-laden bulk carrier and sank on Padma River, in Madaripur
A speedboat is seen ashore after it collided with a sand-laden bulk carrier and sank on Padma River, in Madaripur, Bangladesh, May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

May 3, 2021

DHAKA (Reuters) – At least 26 people died and several were missing after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk carrier and sank on Bangladesh’s giant Padma River on Monday, police said.

“Rescuers found 26 dead bodies and some still could be missing,” said Miraj Hossain, a senior police official of the central Madaripur district, where the accident occurred.

Five people were rescued and sent to hospital, he said.

Hundreds of people die each year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying country that has extensive inland waterways and lax safety standards.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Tom Hogue)