A ferry accident in central Bangladesh on Sunday has left 69 people dead as at Monday morning, with rescue operations still ongoing.
The boat sank after colliding with a cargo vessel on the Padma River, one of the largest in the delta nation.
The government has ordered a probe into the accident while the shipping minister, Shahjahan Khan, revealed the collision occurred as the boat was “in a race” with other vessels.
Officials are yet to know the exact number of people missing, because the ferry company did not keep record of passengers. It is however believed up to 150 people were on board. Local police chief, Rakibuz Zaman, said 50 people swam ashore or were rescued by other vessels.