10 dead, 12 missing as boat capsizes on Gumai river in Bangladesh's Netrokona district

A team of divers are screening the river, but strong currents are hindering rescue operations, officials said

Press Trust of India September 09, 2020 20:35:42 IST
10 dead, 12 missing as boat capsizes on Gumai river in Bangladesh's Netrokona district

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Dhaka: At least 10 people, including five children, drowned and 12 others were missing on Wednesday as a passenger boat capsized after colliding with a sand-laden trawler in a river in northern Bangladesh.

There were around 40-45 passengers on the boat when it collided with another vessel on the Gumai river in Netrokona district, the bdnews reported.

While some of the passengers managed to swim to safety, the rest were swept away by the current.

The rescue authorities have recovered ten bodies, including three children aged 2 to 5, while 12 others are still missing.

A team of divers are screening the river, but strong currents are hindering rescue operations, officials said.

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