Captian Abandons Ship as MV Miraj-4 Sinks in Bangladesh on the Meghna River
The ferry overturned in high winds on the Meghna river in Munshiganj district, south of the capital, Dhaka. Claims from the passengers say the Captian abandoned the ship and passengers soon after he lost control and the ship starting swaying.
The MV Miraj-4 capsized as it traveled from Dhaka towards Shariatpur district. Saiful Hassan Badal, a local government official, said there were "confusing figures" on how many passengers were on board when the ship sank, but he said the number could range from "200 to 350."
Local police chief Ferdous Ahmed told the AFP news agency that "around 20-30 people" managed to swim to safety. But the width of the river, the depth of the water and the strong currents were hampering the search, officials added.
The authorities have been repeatedly criticized for failing to honor their pledges to tackle lax safety standards.