Efforts to recover Bangladesh ferry continue

Publicado: 11 julio 2003 0:00 CET



Two days after Bangladesh’s worst ferry disaster, efforts are still continuing to locate the sunken vessel, the MV Nasrin-1, which capsized on the night of 8 July at the confluence of three major rivers - the Meghna, Padma and Dakatia – about 100 metres from the ferry terminal in the southern port of Chandpur.

With a 16-member diving team from the Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard on standby and local people keeping a sombre vigil on the riverbanks, two salvage ships, the MV Hamza and MV Rustam, have been searching in vain for the wreckage. It is feared that the triple-decker ferry may never be brought to the surface.

To date, only 15 bodies have been recovered. However, the death toll could be as high as 750. The actual number of deaths will probably never be known as there was no passenger list. Some 234 people survived the accident.

Over 100 Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteers have been assisting non-stop since shortly after the tragedy, helping in the rescue effort and giving medical attention and comfort to survivors.

Two of the three first aid posts they set up near the scene of the accident are still being manned,

While a Community Based Disaster Preparedness team and a tracing team remain on standby in case the ferry is located.

The tracing team, which was despatched from headquarters in Dhaka, is equipped with mobile phones to allow survivors to communicate with relatives. Psychological support for grieving families is also being provided by the Red Crescent.

Since 1977 there have been a total of 257 major ferry accidents in Bangladesh, resulting in over 3,250 deaths. This latest one is the worst in terms of loss of life.

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