When the recent maritime disaster hit Bangladesh, a speedboat carrying passengers collided with a ship carrying sand, killing at least 26 people.
Police said the speedboat departed from the town of Mawa, carrying about 32 passengers, and collided with another boat on the Padma River when it was near the main river station in Hibchar in the central village.
“So far, we have recovered 26 bodies, including a woman. We have also rescued 5 injured people, including 3 children.”
Hussein said that when the speedboat hit the side of the transport ship and sank into the river within minutes, the bow of the passenger ship was destroyed.
He said: “The police, the fire brigade and the army rescue team are all at the scene, conducting search and rescue work.”
Abdur Rahman, who witnessed the crash, said that when the ship collided and the ship subsequently capsized, it made a loud noise.
“When we rushed to the scene, we found the speedboat torn in half. Hundreds of villagers immediately began rescue work, and then they were joined by the police and fire brigade.” He said.
Bangladesh is building the country’s largest road and railway bridge near the accident site. The police said that the police were immediately at the scene.
Construction work has slowed down the speed of ferry transportation on the river, prompting many people to travel on speedboats with lower safety. The ferry only takes 15 minutes to arrive, while the safe ferry takes up to two hours.
Government administrators in Shibchar district said that as many as five people are believed to be missing.
He said that the driver of the speedboat will be investigated because he appeared to have crashed into the transport ship that was moored at the time.
He said: “An investigation into the accident has been ordered.”
Marine accidents are very common in Bangladesh, which is a triangular river basin with hundreds of rivers. Experts blamed poor maintenance, lax safety standards in shipyards, and many accidents causing overcrowding.
The ship carrying sand is low in the water, and it is difficult to see under undulating conditions, especially when there is insufficient light.
In February 2015, a crowded ship collided with a cargo ship, killing at least 78 people.