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Friday, April 3, 2015, Chaitra 20, 1421 BS, Jamadius Sani 12, 1436 Hijr

3 boat capsize incidents claim
12 lives, many still missing
Published : Friday, 3 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 47
Staff Correspondent
Yet another three separate trawler capsized incidents in Buriganga and Meghna Rivers claimed lives of at least 12 people and many missing on Wednesday night and Thursday.
Rescue operators were conducting their operations to rescue the missing people till filing this report at 9:30 Thursday night.
Some eight passengers of a trawler were killed as a sand-laden ship slammed it in River Buriganga at Aliganj under Fatullah of Narayanganj around 12:45 pm on Thursday. Many are still belived to be missing.  Coast Guard, Fire Service and locals were trying to rescue the missing.
The deceased Rubel, 18, Rubel, 30, Zakir,28, Samiruddin,50, Sagar, 11, Habib,10, and Karamjan Bibi,65, have been identified.  Body of Samir Uddin is at Dhaka Medical College Hospital while the remaining bodies were left lying on the bank of Buriganga till late afternoon.
Police and Eyewitnesses said the capsized trawler with 70 to 80 passengers was returning to Dhaka from Lengtar Mela, a religious ritual of a saint, at Beltoli in Chandpur.
Sathibul Bahar, a trawler, hit the capsized trawler, they said. Most of the passengers could swim ashore.
Fatullah Model Thana's Officer-in-Charge (OC) Asaduzzaman said that the eight bodies were recovered while many still remain missing.
At least 24 fishermen went missing as a fishing boat sank in Meghna River in coastal district of Bhola on Thursday.
Among the drowned fishermen, Mobarrak, Mahabub, Bashar and Ershad could be identified. One Abul Kalam said that the fishing boat, Allah-Malik, owned by Didarul Islam sank in the evening due to a sudden storm.
Lieutenant Jahangir Alam of Bhola Coast Guard (South) said that the rescue operation is continuing.
Meanwhile, at least four persons were killed and 14 others missing in a trawler capsize in the Meghna at Gozaria upazila in Munshiganj following a collision with another vessel.
Another youth, aged about 20, was found flattened between the two vessels after the incident Wednesday night.
The families of the deceased will be given Tk 20,000 each as compensation, said Md Saiful Hasan Badol, Deputy Commissioner of Munshiganj.
A Dhaka bound bulkhead vessel rammed into the Chandpur bound trawler carrying about 75 passengers at around 8:00pm Wednesday.
Unable to detach the vessel after the collision, the driver and staff of the bulkhead fled the scene, said Habibur Rahman, Sub-Inspector of Gozaria Thana. Munshiganj Superintendent of Police Biplob Bijoy Talukder confirmed four deaths.

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