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Bangladesh boat crash kills at least 32, as ferry sinks in 20 seconds

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Image depicts death) Recovered bodies of launch capsize victims collected from Buriganga River. At least 30 people died and a dozen are missing after a ferry capsized and sank on June 29 in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, rescue officials said. (Photo by Sultan Mahmud Mukut / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

More than 30 bodies have been recovered from a river in Bangladesh, and more people are feared dead, after two ferries collided on Monday morning.

Dhaka (CNN)More than 30 bodies have been recovered from a river in Bangladesh, and more people are feared dead, after two ferries collided on Monday morning.

A vessel called the Morning Bird, which was carrying up to 60 passengers, sank in just 20 seconds after colliding with Mayur-2, a larger ferry, at around 8:55 a. m. in Dhaka, local police chief Shah Jamal told CNN.

Jamal said the bigger boat was attempting to drop its anchor at a port on the River Buriganga at the time of the crash.

Shahidul Islam, a Bangladesh Fire Service official, told CNN: "We have so far recovered 32 bodies from the capsized ferry.

A joint team of Navy, water authorities and private divers along with river police are working on the rescue mission. "

Navy diver Nazrul Islam pulled up two bodies to the surface, but he believes there might more people inside the boat.

A four-member committee has been formed to look into the crash, said Commodore Golam Sadeq, who is Chief of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority.

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