1 dead, 25 missing in Bangladesh boat capsize

A woman today died and at least 25 others were reported missing after an overcorwded boat with nearly 60 people aboard capsized in south-central Bangladesh.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 21, 2016, 14:58 PM IST

Dhaka: A woman today died and at least 25 others were reported missing after an overcorwded boat with nearly 60 people aboard capsized in south-central Bangladesh.

The ferry sank in Shandhya river in Banaripara upazila of Barisal district, police said.

The body of an unidentified woman has been recovered by rescuers while an operation to locate other missing people was underway, said SM Akhteruzzaman, superintendant of police.

ML Oishi with around 60 people on board, capsized at Dasherhaat point while its passengers started to get down after it anchored there, the Dailystar online reported citing the police.

Some people are believed to have swam ashore.

Boat accidents are frequent in Bangladesh, through which some of the world's mightiest rivers - the Brahmaputra and the Padma – flows.

In February last year, 69 people died in central Bangladesh in a boat mishap.