4 die as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, March 28 (IANS) At least four persons were drowned and 14 went missing when a boat capsized in Panguchi river in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The boat carrying about 70 passengers sank in Bagerhat district, 178 km from here, Xinhua news agency quoted police chief Pankaj Chandra Roy as saying.

"The bodies of three women and a child have been recovered," he said.

Roy said rescue efforts and search operations continued.

About 50 people swam to shore as the overloaded boat capsized in a strong current and choppy river waters, said Masud Sarder, a deputy assistant director of the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence.

Ferry and boat disasters are common in Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by about 250 rivers.

Ferries are still a key means of transport in the country, most of them often overcrowded.