Bangladesh finds 18 bodies after ferry capsizes

By Reuters/Ruma Paul   September 22, 2016 | 04:03 pm GMT+7
Bangladesh finds 18 bodies after ferry capsizes
A man mourns after a ferry sank in the southern district of Barisal, Bangladesh, September 21, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Stringer

Overcrowding is a factor.

Bangladeshi rescue workers have recovered 18 bodies since an overcrowded ferry capsized on Wednesday under the weight of a collapsing river bank, police said on Thursday.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds.

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Rescue workers recover a dead body after a ferry sank in the southern district of Barisal, Bangladesh, September 21, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Stringer

Overcrowding is a common factor but little is done to improve safety even though the government continually vows to toughen regulations.

The accident happened in the southern district of Barisal.

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Rescue workers look for survivors after a ferry sank in the southern district of Barisal, Bangladesh, September 21, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Stringer

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