Munshiganj launch capsize Death toll reaches 139

The death toll reached 139 as 27 more bodies were found Thursday, two days after a launch capsized in the River Meghna. Officer-in-Charge of Gazaria thana of Munshiganj Md Shahidul Islam earlier told banglanews: “Some 26 more bodies, including minor and women, were recovered from morning to afternoon.”

The sunken launch ‘MV Sariatpur-1’ was salvaged on Wednesday morning. BIWTA rescue vessels ‘MV Hamza’ and ‘MV Rustam’ pulled up the launch onto the riverbank at 10:30am.

MV Sariatpur-1 capsized in the Meghna River after a cargo boat hit it in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj early Tuesday.

Police sources said the launch sank over 200 passengers when a sand-laden Cargo hit the launch in Meghna River near Masura village of Munsiganj Sadar upazila at around 2:30 am on Tuesday.

BIWTA chairman said the launch went under 70 feet of Meghna River.

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