Waterway accidents kill 153 in six months

Staff Correspondent

5 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Nearly 153 people were killed and 84 injured in 106 waterway accidents in the last six months, said a report of two non-government organisations on Saturday.

Besides, 22 people went missing in those accidents, according to National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads & Railways (NCPSRR) and Green Club of Bangladesh.

The two organisations jointly prepared the report which is based on news of 24 national and 10 regional dailies and nine news portals, says a press release.

The number of such accidents has increased in the last six months compared to the same period last year, they said. Around 71 people were killed in 76 accidents in between January and June last year. In the six months, the highest 59 people were killed in 26 accidents in June. And of them, at least 34 died after launch Mayur-2 hit and sank smaller vessel Morning Bird in the River Buriganga on June 29.

NCPSRR general secretary Ashis Kumar Dey said deaths of people continue for accidents of trawlers and other small vessels. He blamed lack of proper monitoring, a huge number of illegal vessels and unskilled masters and drivers for the accidents.

Mentionable, a total of 570 vessels have sunk in waterway accidents across the country in 28 years since 1991 leaving 3,654 people dead and 489 missing, according to statistics of the Department of Shipping and other sources.

Although the country witnessed no significant waterway accidents in 2019, two major accidents in the first six months of the current year have killed 45 people with the latest one taking place on Tuesday that left 34 people dead.