The Bangladesh Boat Catastrophe Now Has 68 Fatalities
Bangladesh pilgrim boat tragedy death toll hits 68.
The number of people who died in the drowning of a crammed boat transporting Hindu worshippers in northern Bangladesh rose to 68 on Tuesday, and many more are still unaccounted for two days later.
Spectators and relatives of the missing person's family waited beside the riverside while rescuers searched for remains, according to witnesses.
Deepak Chandra Roy cried out in quest of his mother, "I merely wish to sight the face of my mother." His infant was saved alive.
Jahurul Islam, the chief governor of the northern Panchagarh district, claims that 28 women and 18 children were killed in the tragedy. He continued, explaining that the boat was bringing Hindu devotees to a temple in commemoration of Mahalaya, a Hindu holiday during which people offer sacrifices to their ancestors. Divers are searching for further bodies since some individuals are still missing.
Since a cargo ship and an overcrowded ferry collided in a river west of the country's capital, Dhaka, in 2015, at least 78 people have died in maritime accidents in Bangladesh, making this one of the worst incidents ever.
According to initial evaluations from the five-person committee investigating Sunday's accident, the ship was carrying around three times its permissible capacity.
The authorities reported that while a few passengers managed to swim ashore or were saved, about 10 remained unaccounted for. More than 80 people were aboard, according to passengers.
Every year, many people in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation with numerous internal waterways and insufficient safety regulations, perish in boat accidents.
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