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More than 100 feared drowned in Mawa launch capsize
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-08-05,  Publish Time : 07:00,  View Count : 184
MUNSHIGANJ: More than 100 people have gone missing after a launch carrying over 250 passengers capsized in the Padma river at Munshiganj, near Dhaka, on Monday morning.

The rescuers recovered two bodies while four others succumbed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

They also rescued 150 passengers so far, but the sunken launch was yet to be spotted, said officials of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).

They said the overloaded launch, MV Pinak-6, capsized at around 11 a.m.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered rescue operations on a war footing.

Meanwhile, with the recovery of two more bodies, the death toll in the capsize of MV Pinak-6 motor launch in the river Padma on Monday morning has risen to six.

Mawa Bandar official Mohammad Mohiuddin said the dead bodies were identified as Anwar Hossain, 25 of Shibchar and Abdul Baten, 45 of Madaripur.

Besides, three more people died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) while underwent treatment there. They were identified as Hira, 20, Atique, 45 and Komol Mondol, 22. All they belonged to Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district.

Moreover, the body of an unidentified woman was recovered.

The overloaded MV Pinak-6 of Mawa-Kaorakandi route carrying some 250 passengers sank in the river Padma near Mawa ghat at about 11am on Monday.

Earlier, BIWTA chairman Dr Shamsuddoha Khondker said the motor launch capsized due to inclement weather.

He said 110 passengers were rescued alive using the motor launches and sea-boats which were anchored near the place of accident. Others are still missing.

However, the authorities concerned are yet to find out the ill-fated motor launch till writing this report at 9.15pm on Monday night.


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