Bangladesh finds 18 bodies after ferry capsizes

Rescue workers looking for survivors after a ferry sank in the southern district of Barisal, Bangladesh, on Sept 21, 2016.
Rescue workers looking for survivors after a ferry sank in the southern district of Barisal, Bangladesh, on Sept 21, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladeshi rescue workers have recovered 18 bodies since an overcrowded ferry capsized on Wednesday (Sept 21) under the weight of a collapsing river bank, police said on Thursday.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds.

Overcrowding is a common factor but little is done to improve safety even though the government continually vows to toughen regulations.

The accident happened in the southern district of Barisal.