Rescuers recover eight bodies from river in Bangladesh

Rescuers in Bangladesh today fished out eight bodies from the river on the outskirts of the capital where a bus with 50 passengers on board plunged on Sunday, even as the fate of others was not known.

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010, 20:35 PM IST

Dhaka: Rescuers in Bangladesh today fished out eight bodies from the river on the outskirts of the capital where a bus with 50 passengers on board plunged on Sunday, even as the fate of others was not known.

With this, rescuers have recovered 10 bodies from the river. "We have so far found 10 bodies," a police officer familiar with the rescue campaign told PTI, adding that six
bodies have been identified.

Rescuers had yesterday located the under deep water, but it could not be salvaged with the available equipment. Army and navy troops, coastguard and fire service divers are now awaiting a heavier floating crane to reach the scene to pull the bus out of the river.

"The divers, however, continued their search for more bodies believed to be trapped inside the sunken bus despite the heavy current in the river," a journalist at the spot
said. Around 50 passengers were on board the bus which lost control as it approached a bridge on its way to Savar from here on Sunday.

The bus then plunged into the Turag river trapping some 40 passengers inside at Amin Bazar area near Dhaka, they said. However, there was no word on the fate of the people
missing.

Television footages showed hundreds of people on the banks of the Turag river. Officials said authorities have offered Taka 10,000 to the victims relatives to cover the burial cost, while leading charity Anjuman Anjuman Mafidul Islam provided transport to carry the bodies.

Local residents complained the scene of the crash was identified as an accident-prone area long ago as 30 passengers died two years back exactly at the same spot when a
bus was carrying them to Dhaka from Savar.

PTI