11 dead in Netrakona trawler capsize

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Netrakona, Sept 09: At least 11 people, including five minors and three women, drowned after a trawler capsized on Gumai River of Netrakona’s Kamlakanda upazila on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the authorities have recovered the bodies of 10 people after a passenger boat collided with a sand-laden trawler on the Gumai river.

The incident took place in the Upazila’s Barakhapon Union around 10 am Wednesday.

At least 12 others are still missing, Netrokona’s Deputy Commissioner Kazi Md Habibur Rahman confirmed it.

Witnesses said the passenger trawler capsized after colliding with the other vessel. While some of the passengers managed to swim to safety, others drowned as the vessel sank.

Later, police and members of the fire service began a rescue operation with the help of locals.

Three people have been rescued alive so far, according to police. The trawler was heading to Netrokona’s Chhakurakona from Sunamganj with around 40-45 passengers on board.

However, the authorities could not immediately identify the victims.

Earlier on August 5, 17 people drowned after a trawler capsized in Rajali Kanda haor under Madan upazila of Netrakona.

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