A launch carrying over 70 passengers capsized in a river in Patuakhali during a nor'wester this afternoon leaving at least seven people including 5 women dead.
At least 24 passengers were still missing till 6:00pm when the report was filed. The rest managed to swim ashore.
The identities of the deceased could not the known immediately, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.
The launch sank into the river around 2:30pm at Kalagasia area while it was going to Patuakhali from Golachipa upazila, said assistant director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authorities in Patuakhali.