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Shitalakkhya launch capsize death toll reaches 27

The death toll from Sunday’s launch-capsize in the Shitalakkhya river in Narayanganj reached 27 as rescuers recovered 22 more bodies in 12 noon Monday.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq confirmed the matter to Banglanews. 

The 22 more bodies were recovered after the launched had been salvaged, Golam Sadeq said.

Earlier, the bodies of five women were recovered after a Munshiganj-bound launch, carrying over 50 passengers, capsized on Sunday evening.

The launch sank near the third Shitalakkhya Bridge at Koylaghat of Syedpur area when it was hit by a “coaster tanker”, he said.

The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately, he added. 

Meanwhile, two probe committees were formed to investigate Sunday’s motor-launch capsize incident.

Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah said a seven-member investigation committee, headed by Additional District Magistrate (ADM), has been formed to probe the incident.

The district administration will give Tk25,000 to each of the deceased’s family for the burial purpose, Mostain Billah said.

Meanwhile, a four-member committee has been formed with BIWTA director Rafiqul Islam as its convener to investigate the motor-launch accident.

BDST

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