Strong Currents Hamper Rescue Efforts in Bangladesh
A heavy lift offshore crane arrives for rescue work at the site of a ferry capsize in the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Aug. 5, 2014.
Rescuers search for survivors on the River Padma, Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Aug. 5, 2014.
People gather on the banks of the River Padma after the accident in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Aug. 4, 2014.
Munni, a woman whose daughters are missing, cries as rescuers search the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Aug. 4, 2014.
People crowd the banks and wade into the waters of the River Padma seeking news of survivors in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Aug. 4, 2014.
People awaiting news of the missing gather in boats on the River Padma in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Aug. 4, 2014.
The Search for Survivors in Bangladesh
Last updated on: August 05, 2014 10:03 AM
Rescue workers in Bangladesh fought high waves and strong currents Tuesday in their search for the wreckage of a ferry that capsized with more than 200 passengers on board.
Officials said Tuesday more than 100 people are still missing and feared dead from Monday’s accident on the Padma river, in central Bangladesh.
In the hours after the ferry capsized, local residents in fishing trawlers and speedboats tried to reach the site but had to turn back.
Scores of people die in ferry accidents every year in Bangladesh, where boats are a common form of transportation. The Padma is one of the largest rivers in the delta nation, which is crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.
Poor safety standards and overcrowding are often blamed for the accidents. In May, about 50 people died in a ferry accident in the same district.