Boat carrying dozens sinks in Bangladesh capital Dhaka
Boat carrying dozens sinks in Bangladesh capital Dhaka

An unknown number of people were missing Sunday after a water bus carrying up to 40 passengers sank in a river in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said.

Police said the bus was ferrying people across the Buriganga at around 8:00 p.m. (1400GMT) when it was hit by a cargo vessel carrying sand near Sadarghat, Bangladesh's largest river port.

Prothom Alo, the country's largest Bengali daily, said that between 25 and 30 people were missing.

Police sub inspector Hasan Ali said that at least four bodies had been recovered and several survivors had been interviewed.

Maritime accidents are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers.

Experts blame poor maintenance, lax safety standards at shipyards and overcrowding for many of the accidents. 

Vessels transporting sand sit low in the water and can be hard to see in choppy conditions, particularly when light is poor.

Source(s): AFP

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