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Recovered bodies are seen after a boat slammed into a vessel transporting sand, in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh August 27, 2021. Picture used for illustrative purposes only. Reuters
"The bodies of 16 people including women and children have so far been retrieved," Sujoy Kumar Roy, an officer of Panchagarh's Boda Police station, told Xinhua news agency.
According to the officer, the boat carrying some 100 people capsized at about 1:30pm local time. Most of the passengers managed to swim ashore after the incident.
Some 30 passengers of the vessel were still missing, said the officer, adding that a rescue operation was underway and the cause of the accident was not immediately known.
Indo-Asian News Service
The small boat packed with mostly women and children on their way to a popular temple flipped over on Sunday in a river as onlookers screamed in horror from the shore.
The United States Coastguard and a fleet of volunteers were deployed to search for the 18 crew on board after the vessel capsized in a storm near Port Fourchon, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of New Orleans.
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.
Local police official Imranul Islam provided the figure of 21 dead, speaking by phone late Friday. Survivors said about 100 people were aboard. Local news reports, quoting the area’s top government administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, said about 50 people were missing.
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"During an intense exchange of fire, a notorious terrorist commander named Muhammad Noor alias Sarakai was killed," said the ISPR, adding that weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the killed terrorist.
The UN body and its partners are also working with the Syrian government, host countries and other stakeholders to address refugees' concerns about safety and security, livelihoods and housing once they return, it added.