Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, a cargo ship hit a boat full of passengers from behind, killing many people. Until late in the night, the divers continued to run the operation in search of people.
Bangladesh officials say that on Sunday, April 4, the double-decker boat fell victim to the accident after the cargo ship struck. The accident took place in the Shitalakshi river and there were about 50 people in the boat. Officials said five people died in the accident and dozens are still missing. Mubarak Hasan, an official associated with the Water Transport Authority in Bangladesh, said the incident took place near Dhaka.
The disaster took place at 6 pm on Sunday evening when the boat left Narayanganj for Munshiganj district. The boat had to cover a distance of 45 minutes. Abdullah Al Arefin, chief of the fire brigade of Narayanganj from the news agency AFP, said that 11 people were evacuated while other passengers had gone to the other side of the river to save their lives. Such accidents are common in Bangladesh, where millions of people depend on boats for transportation.
Lockdown in Bangladesh
Actually, a seven-day lockdown has been imposed in Bangladesh in view of the increasing infection of the coronavirus and due to the lockdown, people left the industrial district and left for their homes. In Narayanganj, Abdullah Al Arefin, an officer associated with the fire department, told an international news agency that it is possible that some people may have been swept away.
Domestic travel has been suspended during the seven-day lockdown in Bangladesh, and orders have been issued to close malls and shops. Banks will only be allowed to open for two-and-a-half hours on weekdays, while public and private sector businesses have been asked to call only the minimum number of employees in their offices.
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