At least 10 bodies were recovered in the past three days after a boat capsized in the Jamuna River in Chauhali of Sirajganj on Tuesday afternoon.
The mechanised boat capsized near Sathalchar with at least 70 passengers on board while going to Chauhali from Enayetpur on that afternoon, said Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-charge of Chauhali police station.
Locals immediately rushed to spot and rescued 57 people while at least six more still remained missing, the police officer added saying that most of the passengers on the boat were farm labourers.
Fifty-two passengers managed to swim ashore immediately and members of the police and fire service went to the spot and launched rescue operation, said Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-charge of Chauhali police station.
Five of the deceased were identified as – Alok Mia, 30, from Gobinhara of Singair in Manikganj, Pashan Fakir, 65, and Naim, 6, from Goinakandi of Belkuchiin Pabna, Sheikh Kamal Molla, 45, of Subarnatali in Tangail, and Afzal, 32, from Shahajadpur of Pabna.
The rest were yet to be identified and fire service divers were looking for more bodies.
Police said that two bodies were recovered on the day of accident and three more were recovered on Wednesday morning, raising the death toll to five.
Chauhali upazila nirbahi Dewan Moudut Ahmed said that five more bodies were recovered on Thursday afternoon at Chauhali Azimuddin, Ghusuria, Chaluhra areas of the river.
Locals recovered the four bodies since Thursday morning and informed police. Immediate after new recovery, fire service divers have resumed that rescue operation and recovered an unidentified body, said police.
Monjil Haque, deputy assistant director of Sirajganj Fire Service and Civil Defence, said tgat rescuers from Dhaka arrived in the area and started their operation in the morning.
Sirajganj additional deputy commissioner Firoz Mahmud, superintendent of police Hasibul Alam and some other police officials visited the spot.
Sirajganj deputy commissioner Farook Ahmed said that families of the deceased were given Tk 25,000 as immediate aid.
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