Bangladesh Ferry Disaster Death Toll Hits 34
Umer Jamshaid 10 days ago Tue 06th April 2021 | 12:00 PM
Narayanganj, Bangladesh, April 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Apr, 2021 ) :The death toll from a ferry accident in Bangladesh at the weekend rose to at least 34 after six more bodies were retrieved, officials said Tuesday.
Authorities called off a search-and-rescue mission on Monday after salvaging the ship from the heavily polluted Shitalakshya river and recovering 22 bodies.
But under pressure from relatives of people still missing, rescuers late Monday resumed operations with helicopters to scour the murky waters for any more bodies.
"Based on the relatives' account, at least two people are still missing," local official Mustain Billah told AFP.
Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers.
Experts blame poor maintenance, lax safety standards at shipyards and overcrowding for many of the accidents.