DHAKA, Bangladesh — A devastating fireplace on a crowded ferry in Bangladesh early Friday left at the very least 35 individuals lifeless and 100 others injured, officers mentioned.
The ferry was touring to Barguna, within the southern a part of the nation, with 500 passengers on board, together with youngsters and older individuals. It caught fireplace on the Sugandha River close to the city of Jhalakathi round 3 a.m.
A number of officers mentioned the variety of the lifeless was prone to rise, as a result of many who had jumped into the water to flee the fireplace have been nonetheless lacking. The district Justice of the Peace within the space mentioned lots of these rescued have been in important situation.
Firefighters reached the positioning shortly, however a dense fog hampered rescue operations. The reason for the fireplace was not instantly clear.
Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan, the deputy director of Bangladesh’s fireplace service and civil protection company within the area, mentioned earlier that the our bodies of 30 victims had been recovered, 26 of whom had died of suffocation. 4 others drowned after leaping from the boat, and there have been prone to be extra, he mentioned. “Many passengers who jumped into the river might not be capable of swim,” Mr. Bhuiyan mentioned.
Survivors described the horror and confusion of making an attempt to flee within the darkness.
Mehrina Kamal Moon, who was on the ferry together with her husband and 2-year outdated son, mentioned she noticed individuals leaping from the highest of the three-decker ferry into the water.
Her household made it to the second stage, by which period the burning ferry had gotten nearer to the riverbank.
“It was so darkish round once we heard concerning the fireplace. We have been clueless about what to do,” Ms. Moon mentioned by phone. “I together with many others jumped from the second flooring — we have been lucky to have land beneath our ft.”
“It’s God’s grace that we’re alive,” she added.
Whereas deadly fires in Bangladeshi factories and house buildings have made worldwide headlines in recent times, ferry accidents are additionally widespread within the riverine nation of 165 million.
In June 2020, a ferry sank in Dhaka, the capital, after a collision with one other ferry, claiming at the very least 30 lives. In 2014, a ferry with 250 individuals aboard sank close to Dhaka, leaving about 100 lifeless or lacking.