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The speedboat was carrying passengers in violation of government restrictions during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, said Rahima Khatun, a top government official in the area.
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It overturned Monday morning in the mighty River Padma in central Bangladesh while heading for Madaripur district from Munshiganj district, Khatun said.
Divers from various agencies and local people retrieved 26 bodies from the waters and were searching for several others still missing.
Such river accidents are common in Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation crisscrossed by about 130 rivers, because of lax rules.
Bangladesh is under a lockdown until Wednesday to curb the spread of the virus amid a rising number of infections.
Boat crews on nearby vessels recovered the bodies of two children and have rescued 19 people from choppy waters, said Emi Frizer, a local Search and Rescue Agency official. Rescuers were searching for the seven others reported as still missing on Monday.
Bangladesh police were set to file charges on Wednesday against 16 people, including the headmaster of an Islamic seminary, over the shocking murder of a 19-year-old girl burned to death.
Heavy rains since Thursday have hit several districts in Nepal, especially in the country's eastern region and the southern plains, affecting thousands.
The monsoon is crucial for irrigation and groundwater supplies in the impoverished region — home to a fifth of the world's population — and brings relief after the unforgiving summer.
The Abu Dhabi Police monitored the video of two young men as they entered a mall in the emirate and photographed themselves without face masks.
The authorities will carry out regular checkups of students, all workers in the educational field, including educational and administrative staff and aid workers for smooth governance.
The 29-year-old victim testified during investigations saying, "I was walking on a sidewalk near a shopping mall in Dubai, when the defendant surprised me and reached out to grab my phone twice.”
The prime minister reached Makkah along with his wife and members of the Pakistani delegation to perform the ritual in one of the holiest sites of Islam.