Ferry death toll rises to 33

2011-04-22 13:14

At least 33 people were confirmed dead Friday after a motorboat capsized in Bangladesh, officials said.

Rescuers recovered five more bodies and the sunken boat today, a day after it overturned in the river with more than 100 passengers aboard in Bangladesh’s eastern Brahmanbaria district.

Twenty-seven bodies had been recovered yesterday.

The operation was called off late today, said Mohammad Helal Uddin, chief administrative officer of Sarail sub-district, despite requests from relatives of those still missing to continue the search.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, who visited the scene of the accident, announced a compensation package of about $450 (about R3 000) per family for relatives of those killed in the tragedy.

The overcrowded motor launch overturned after hitting a sunken trawler in the river near Sarail, around 125km east of the capital Dhaka.

Ferry accidents in Bangladesh are frequent due to lax implementation of safety rules.

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