Sunday, 3 July, 2022
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Ferry services resume on Shimulia-Majhirkandi route after 7 hours

Ferry services on Shimulia-Majhirkandi route resumed this morning after seven hours of suspension due to strong current in the Padma River.

The ferry service resumed at around 5am with operation of five ferries, said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) officials.

BIWTC announced the suspension of the ferry services around 10:15 pm last night to avert possible accidents.

Vehicles and passengers stranded at night are now crossing the river through ferries Kunjalta, Begum Rokeya, Begum Sufia Kamal, Cumilla and Faridpur.

Meanwhile, a man was killed and another pickup driver named Shamim went missing after two passenger ferries -- Begum Rokeya and Begum Sufia Kamal -- collided head-on near Jajira in Shariatpur on the Shimulia-Majhirkandi route at around 3 am Sunday.

The body of the missing pickup driver Shamim could not be found yet.

Ten people on both the ferries were injured following the accident.

The BIWTC formed a four-member probe committee in this regard. Besides, the junior masters of the two ferries have been suspended.