Ferry sinks in Bangladesh – level 3

13-08-2014 15:00

A ferry with about 200 passengers on board has capsized in Bangladesh with half of those still missing.

The boat went down in Padma River southwest of the capital

after strong winds and currents tipped it over.

While rescue teams have been able to save about 100 passengers, of those, two women were taken to hospital and later died.

The remainder of those on board are still unaccounted for. Officials believe they may have swam to the riverbank but one of the survivors said that many couldn’t make it.

Teams from the inland water transport authority, fire brigade and the army are helping to search for those missing, as well as the boat, which hasn’t been found.

Bangladesh is notorious for ferry accident, as it has extensive inland waterways and little in the way of safety standards.

Difficult words: capsize (turn over in the water), current (continuous movement of water), remainder (the rest), unaccounted for (somebody unaccounted for cannot be found), notorious (well-known), extensive (large).

Source: www.itn.co.uk


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