Bangladesh ferry capsize toll rises to 110

March 14th, 2012 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 14 (IANS) The toll in one of worst ferry collisions in Bangladesh Wednesday rose to 110 as more bodies were found after the wreck was salvaged. A total of 31 bodies were recovered Tuesday.

The MV Shariatpur-1 with over 200 passengers sank early Tuesday in the Meghna river in Munshiganj, 27 km from here, following a head-on collision with a cargo vessel.

At least 79 bodies were recovered Wednesday, Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan, police chief of Munshiganj district, told Xinhua.

He could not tell the exact number of missing passengers but said divers were still searching for more bodies.

Three government committees have been formed to investigate the accident.

Hundreds of relatives and friends of the passengers gathered at the accident site to identify the dead or wait agonizingly for those missing.

Women and children wailed as the sunken vessel was pulled up.

Some survivors said they were asleep when the ferry was hit by the cargo ship.

“Suddenly I got up and found myself in water. I managed to swim ashore. I don’t know what happened to many others who were sleeping like me inside the ferry,” one survivor told Xinhua.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan has announced a compensation of Taka 30,000 (around $370) for families with one dead and Taka 45,000 for families with more than one victim.

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