13 bodies recovered, 20 missing in Barisal launch capsize

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Barisal, September 21: At least 13 bodies including three women were recovered and about 20 others went missing after a launch capsized in Shandhya River in Barisal’s Banaripara upazila on Wednesday.

ML Oishi with over 50 people on board capsized at Dasherhaat point while its passengers started to get down after it anchored there around 12:00pm, said Ziaul Hasan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Banaripara Police Station.barishal_launch

At least 13 bodies were recovered by the fire fighters while the rescue operation is underway for the missing people, he added.

Of the deceased, Kohinur Begum, 30, and Monoara Begum, 60, were identified while the rest 7 could not be ascertained immediately, confirmed Faruk Hossain, Assistant Director of Barisal Fire Service.