At least 32 people died after a ferry capsized and sank in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision with another vessel, officials said.

A Bangladesh ferry crash kills at least 32 as the ship sinks in 20 seconds

A ship called the Morning Bird, carrying up to 60 passengers, sank in just 20 seconds after colliding with Mayur-2, a larger ferry, around 8:55 p.m. Dhaka, local police chief Shah Jamal told CNN.

Jamal said the larger boat was trying to drop its anchorage in a port on the Buriganga River at the time of the fall. He added that there were at least eight women and three children among the dead, and that the morning bird sank very quickly, in about 15-20 seconds.

Shahidul Islam, an official with the Bangladesh Fire Service, told CNN: “So far we have recovered 32 bodies from the captured ferry. We have already handed over the bodies to the relatives. A joint Navy team, water authorities and private divers along the river. the police are working on the rescue mission “.

Navy diver Nazrul Islam brought two bodies to the surface, but believes there could be more people inside the ship. He said the boat is about 60-70 feet deep in the riverbed, which consists of soft earth and plastic garbage.

A four-member committee was set up to look into the fall, said Commander Golam Sadeq, who is the head of Bangladesh’s inland water transport authority.

As the accident spread, hundreds gathered by the river. The crowd included family members of the missing, some of whom hired a boat to try to find their loved ones.

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