Mawa ferry stuck in sandbar

A Mawa ferry has been stuck in a sandbar for 19 hours.

Another launch, which got stranded in river Dhaleshwari in Munsiganj on Tuesday night, was rescued on Wednesday morning after prolonged efforts.

The ferry, with about 15 vehicles has been stuck in a sandbar on the Mawa- Kawrakandi route due to poor navigability. Madaripur correspondent reports that two ferries got stranded in Padma near Kabutarkhola-Kauliar Char on the Hazra channel of Mawa-Kawrakandi route on Tuesday night. One could later salvage itself but the other ‘MV Jamuna’ still remains stranded.

M A Baten, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Kawrakandi, said this has been a recurring problem ever since the 2.5 kilometre-long sandbar formed in the route.

Baten also said that one ferry ‘Raniganj’ from Mawa ran aground at Hazra turning on Tuesday around 7.30pm. Then another one ‘Jamuna’ got stranded on the same channel at kKbutarkhola point around 10.30pm.

The BIWTC official said that the rescue vessel which came to salvage the two stranded ferries also got stuck. Later another rescue vessel salvaged Raniganj around 3am on Wednesday.

“We have been trying to rescue Jamuna loaded with 15 vehicles,” Baten said. Munshiganj correspondent reports that a two-storey launch named Patarhat-1 got stuck in a sandbar in Dhaleshwari near Munshiganj Launch Terminal on Tuesday around 9pm. The launch was later moved to the terminal during high tide.

Police said that the launch was going to Lalmohan Upazila in Bhola from Sadarghat. Officer-in-charge Shahidul Islam of Munshiganj Sadar Police Station told that the launch was overloaded with more than 300 passengers and additional goods.

Munshiganj executive magistrate Safiul Islam said that the launch owners were fined Tk 30,000 for overloading.

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