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Bangladesh govt forms two teams to probe ferry disaster

India TV News Desk August 05, 2014 13:46 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Bangladesh government has announced to form two teams to look into the reasons of the ferry disaster in Padma river in Munshiganj, a top official said on Tuesday.

Both the teams have been asked to submit their reports within 10 days, the official added.

The mishap took place on Monday afternoon when the ferry carrying over 250 passengers from Madaripur to Mawa capsized barely 800 metres from Mawa jetty.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority officials said that relief and rescue works are going on in full swing.

60 passengers have been rescued alive and two dead bodies have also been recovered, officials said.

A salvage vessel was directed to reach the site as soon as possible to retrieve the sunken boat Pinak-6, they said.

The accident occurred nearly three months after a boat capsized in the same area killing 50 people.

Ferry accidents are common in riverine Bangladesh crisis-crossed by some 230 river especially in the southern and northeastern regions while faulty design of boats and ferries alongside poor safety standards are generally blamed for the disasters.