Bangladesh Ferry Disaster

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“MV Miraj-4” launch had at least 365 people on board, almost double of its capacity, when it capsized in Meghna River at Daulatpur under Gazaria Upazila of Munshiganj on Thursday, according to a log recovered from the launch on Saturday evening.

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The “tally-book” shows that 351 passengers and 14 staff members were on the Sureshwar-bound launch from Dhaka when it caught in a storm and sank on Thursday afternoon. At least 55 dead bodies have been recovered and many missing soon after the accident took place around 3:30pm on Thursday, according to a news agency. Survivors of what is the latest in a string of ferry disasters to blight Bangladesh said the vessel had gone down in a matter of minutes, giving passengers little time to leap to safety.

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