6 of a family missing as boat capsizes in Buriganga

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Keraniganj, Mar 08: Six members of a family went missing when a boat capsized in the Buriganga River after being hit by a launch in the city’s Sadarghat area on Thursday night.The boat sank near the Sadarghat Launch Terminal around 10pm as the launch, ‘MV Suravi-7’ hit it, said Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Sadarghat River Police Station.

Those who went missing are Shahida, 28, her two daughters — Meem, 8, and Mahi 6, her niece Jamshida, 20, Jamshida’s husband Delwar, 35, and their daughter, aged three months.

They were residing in Kamrangirchar area of the city and going to the launch terminal to go to their home in Shariatpur district.

Shahida’s husband Shahjalal, 35, managed to swim ashore in the incident, the OC said, adding that two teams of divers from Fire Service and Civil Defence were trying to rescue the victims.

Joint director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) AKM Arif Uddin told this correspondent that they were conducting rescue operation  to search the missing people.