Ferry capsizes in Bangladesh, at least 9 dead

By Accidents

MV Miraj-4, a ferry, has capsized in the river Meghna (Munshiganj district), approximately 27 km (17 miles) south of Dhaka, resulting in at least nine victims. The vessel was travelling to the southern district of Shariatpur when it was caught by a storm at around 3:30 PM local time. There is no accurate information how many the passengers were. Saiful Hasan, a district government administrator, said:

"We are receiving confusing figures on how many passengers were on board when it sank, but the number could range from 200 to 350."

Some of the passengers managed to reach the shore swimming despite the high waves and strong currents. One of them, Abdur Rahmann, said:

"There was a sudden storm and we requested the boat-swain to anchor at the river side but he ignored us ... and all of a sudden the ferry capsized within a few seconds."

The first rescue vessel sent to scene managed to reach it three hours later. Ferdous Ahmed, the chief of the local police, said: 

 "The ferry is completely under water. We are now trying to locate it."

Currently, to the site of the sinking are operating the coats guard and firefighters. The victims include children and women. 

The accidents with ferries in Bangladesh are common, because they are usually with design flaw, poorly maintained and overcrowded.