Bangladesh – A ferry carrying at least 100 people capsized and sank leaving a multitude of passengers uncounted for. According to a local police chief Jahangir Hossain the accident occurred on the Meghna river in the district of Munshiganj.
Early reports of the incident vary as some officials close to the scene say more than 50 passengers might be unaccounted for. Some are believed to have made their way to shore while others may be lost at sea. The boat went down sinking outside the Bangladeshi capital.
District administrator Saifuddin Badal said the boat, named MV Sarosh, was carrying passengers from the capital Dhaka to the southeastern district of Chandpur.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident but Bangladesh has a history of boating disasters as a result of lax safety standards and frequent overloading of vessels.
Reports also say local villagers rescued 38 people soon after the ferry went down. A rescue ship has been sent to the scene.
Government officials were not immediately available for comment.
Ferry accidents are common on Bangladesh’s vast river network and scores of people are killed every year.
Though the cause of the latest sinking is not yet known such incidents are often blamed on overcrowding and poor quality boats.