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Three launches sink in Shariatpur as pontoon gives way

| Updated: October 24, 2017 07:46:03

Three launches capsize in Shariatpur

Several people went missing in Shariatpur as three launches anchored in the harbour sank after a pontoon gave way, police have said.


The incident occurred around 7:00am Monday in Naria Upazila as the shore of the Padma River was overflowing with water, said local police chief Salauddin.


There were only few people at the pontoon due to heavy rains, the OC said. Three launches anchored there sank after the pontoon suddenly gave way. One person was rescued, but several remain missing. Police were unable to confirm the number of people currently missing, reports bdnews24.


Fire service personnel have begun rescue operations, Salauddin said.

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