• Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Launch capsize death toll climbs to 38

12 buried, 132 still missing

Star Online Report
Relatives and locals gather at Mawa ghat after drivers recover a body on Friday, five days after the fatal launch capsize in Padma. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Relatives and locals gather at Mawa ghat after drivers recover a body on Friday, five days after the fatal launch capsize in Padma. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Divers today recovered two more bodies from the launch that capsized in the Padma River in Munshiganj on Monday, bringing the death toll to 38.

The body of a women was found floating in the Padma river in Shariatpur while the body of a five-year-old boy was found floating in Bhola, reports our Munshiganj correspondent.

Meanwhile, Jarip-10, another salvage ship equipped with modern technology reached Mawa this morning to locate the sunken vessel Pinak-6 which sank with over 250 passengers on board.

Habibul Alam, deputy director of Navy headquarters commander said, Jarip-10 reached Mawa around 6:00am today and it will join rescue operations with Kandari-2.

Earlier, salvage vessels Nirbhik and Rustam reached the spot but failed to locate the launch due to strong currents in the river.  

Of the bodies, 18 were handed over to the victims’ family members for burial, the district administration sources said.

Rescue team members with speedboats are searching for missing victims in Pinak-6 launch capsize Wednesday afternoon. The launch with 200 passengers onboard sank in the Padma river of Lauhajang upazila in Munshiganj Monday. Photo: STAR
Rescue team members with speedboats are searching for missing victims in Pinak-6 launch capsize Wednesday afternoon. The launch with 200 passengers onboard sank in the Padma river of Lauhajang upazila in Munshiganj Monday. Photo: STAR

Besides, 12 unidentified bodies were buried at Shipchar municipality graveyard of Madaripur following their namaz-e-janaza at Pachhar Primary School premises after Juma prayers, reports our Madaripur correspondent.

Samples and photographs of the deceased were collected before their burial for further identification, said GSM Zafar Ullah, deputy commissioner of Madaripur.

Other bodies were kept at the primary school premises in for identification, he added.

Published: 12:47 pm Friday, August 08, 2014

Last modified: 10:12 pm Friday, August 08, 2014

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