At least 25 dead after ferry sinks in Bangladesh

Tuesday, April 6

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Emergency crews recovered at least 25 bodies Monday following the sinking of a passenger ferry in Bangladesh. 

"Most of the bodies were found inside the sunken boat after it was dragged to the bank," said Mustain Billah, Narayanganj district administrator. 

The double-decker ferry, carrying more than 50 passengers, was hit by a cargo vessel and immediately sank in the Shitalakshya River, near the capital, Dhaka. 

The boat was full of people rushing to leave the city following the announcement of a weeklong nationwide lockdown beginning Monday to handle the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. 

On Sunday, Bangladesh reported a record daily jump of 7,087 coronavirus infections, bringing its total to 644,439 with 9,318 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

People rely on ferries for transportation in Bangladesh, a low-lying nation with hundreds of rivers. Accidents are common because of overcrowding and poor maintenance and safety standards. 

Source: Newsday/VOA