26 killed as speedboat collides with bulkhead on Padma

News Desk : 26 passengers were killed when a speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulkhead stalled on the Padma River at Shibchar in Madaripur. Five people have been rescued alive in the incident.

The accident took place on the Banglabazar- Shimulia route on Monday morning. However, the identities of the deceased were not immediately known.

Shyamal Biswas, in-charge of Shibchar Fire Service and Civil Defense, said a speedboat carrying passengers from Shimulia Ghat was heading towards Banglabazar. The speedboat hit the back of a bulkhead (sand-laden cargo) and overturned when it reached the c (old ferry terminal).

“So far 26 bodies have been recovered and five rescued alive in the incident,” OC Miraz Hossain also said, adding that the bodies have been kept in Old Kathalbari ghat. The injured were rushed to a local hospital.

However, it was not known how many passengers were in the boat. The rescue operation of fire service and naval police underway.

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