Ten more bodies recovered after Bangladeshi ferry sinks, six still missing

The main ferry terminal in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, where boats form an important part of the state's transport system.
The main ferry terminal in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, where boats form an important part of the state's transport system.PHOTO: ST FILE

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Ten more bodies have been recovered from Bangladesh's Panguchi River, a local official said on Thursday (March 30), after a ferry carrying about 80 passengers capsized this week.

Divers had been deployed to find the six people who were still missing, the chief administrator of Morelganj sub-district, Obaidur Rahman, said.

Rashedul Alam, a police official from Morelganj, where the accident happened, said a combination of strong currents and overloading caused the ferry to sink on Tuesday.

Most of the passengers had swum to safety, he said.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has a track record of ferry accidents and deaths sometimes run into the hundreds.