People gather on the bank of the Padma river in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia after 11 people went missing in a boat capsize in the river Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Star
Rescuers have failed to locate 12 people who went missing in a boat capsize in Padma river in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia yesterday.
There are five chilrden among the missing, reports our Kushtia correspondent.
“Among the 12 missing people, nobody was recovered till 10:30am,” Syed Belal Hossain, deputy commissioner of Kushtia told journalists on the spot.
The missing are: Md Kalu, 32, Biva Parveen, 22, Shipon, 26, Shajul, 28, Sawpan, 20, Jamal Uddin, 26 and his wife Sumi, 20, Keyamoni, 10, Bithi, 10, Tinni, 7, Sayndhya, 4, Subarna, 6.
Julhas, father of missing Bithi, cries on the bank of Padma river in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia Tuesday afternoon. Twelve people went missing after a boat capsized in the river. Photo: Star
The boat sank near a shoal that emerged recently into the middle of the river from Bairagir Char to celebrate Eid day around 3:15pm, said Ashraful Islam Sentu, boatman of the capsized boat.
Hearing hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and rescued eight people so far while the rest were missing.
Later the divers from Khulna rushed to the spot to rescue the missing 11 people.
The five-member diver team started to search them around 9:30pm in the river near Bairagir Char where the boat capsized.
Local administration, Fire Service and Civil Defence and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) of Kushtia sectors are giving the logistic support to the rescue team.