At least 30 die in Bangladesh ferry accident

DHAKA (AFP) – At least 30 people died and a dozen are missing after a ferry capsized and sank yesterday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, rescue officials said.

The Morning Bird vessel was hit from behind by another ferry around 9.30am local time during the morning rush hour, when the country’s largest river port is packed with vessels.

“We have collected 30 bodies, including 20 males, seven women and three children,” Abul Khair, a diver in the fire brigade, told AFP.

“There were at least 50 people on board… Our rescue divers are still searching,” coastguard spokesman commander Hayet Ibne Siddique said.

The ferry – which departed from central Munshiganj district – sank as it was about to moor at Sadarghat, Dhaka’s main river port used by hundreds of boats to travel to the country’s south.

Rescue workers bring bodies of victims after a ferry capsized at the Sadarghat ferry terminal in Dhaka. PHOTO: AFP