A ferry which was carrying up to 60 passengers capsized and sank in 20 seconds in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel.
The Morning Bird vessel was hit from behind. It departed from central Munshiganj district. More than 30 bodies have been recovered and more people are feared dead. Mayur-2, a larger ferry, was attempting to drop its anchor at a port on the River Buriganga at the time of the crash. A joint team of Navy, water authorities and private divers along with river police are working on the rescue mission. The vessel is lying around 60-70 feet deep on the riverbed. Commodore Golam Sadeq of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority said the ship sank because of "carelessness." It was not overcrowded.
The vessel had been cleared to carry passengers until September. Witnesses told many passengers appeared to be stuck in the ferry's cabins. Relatives gathered at Sadarghat despite coronavirus social distancing concerns to search for their family. Hundreds of people die each year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying country that has extensive inland waterways but slack safety standards.