Four more bodies were recovered on Thursday after a boat capsized in the Jamuna River in Chauhali upazila of Sirajganj on Tuesday afternoon, raising the death toll to nine.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Chauhali Dewan Moudud Ahmmed said member of Fire Service recovered the bodies from Kawlia Char, Poylar Char and Sthal Char areas on Thursday morning. The body of Alam Miah, son of Nur Mohammad Miah of Gobindah village in Singair upazila of Manikganj district, was recovered from the Sthal Char, he said Seven more people were still missing since the incident. Earlier, five bodies were recovered after the boat capsized in the Jamuna River.The deceased are Pashan Fakir, 65, and Naim, 6, son of Shamim Hossain of Goinakandi village in Belkuchi upazila, Sheikh Kamal Molla, 45, of Subarnatali village in Nagorpur upazila in Tangail, Afzal, 32, son of Abdur Rashid in Koizuri area in Shahajadpur upazila and an unidentified youth aged about 30.
Monjil Haque, deputy assistant director of Sirajganj Fire Service, said rescuers from Dhaka arrived in the area and started rescue operation Thursday morning.
The engine-run boat sank near Sathalchar area with 70 passengers on board while going to Chauhali from Enayetpur at around 1:30pm on Tuesday, said Rashedul Islam Biswas, officer-in-charge of Chauhali Police Station. Fifty-two passengers managed to swim ashore immediately. On information, members of Police and Fire Service went to the spot and launched rescue operation, he added.