Ferry accident in Bangladesh – level 3
At least 70 people have died in a ferry accident in Bangladesh. The ferry, which reportedly had up to 150 people on board, collided with a cargo boat crossing the Padma River and capsized on Sunday. Many of those who drowned, including women and children, were on the ferry’s lower decks.
Rescuers from the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and the Red Cross managed to save at least 50 passengers and worked through the night, recovering bodies from the water.
Police have seized the trawler and arrested the captain and his two crew.
Accidents are common on Bangladesh’s river network with overcrowding and poor boat quality often to blame.
Difficult words: reportedly (some people say so), collide (to hit), cargo boat (a boat which transports things), capsize (to overturn in water), drown (to die in water), deck (the floor on the outside of the ship), seize (to take), trawler (a fishing boat), crew (people who work on a ship).
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