While Awami League Fiddles

While the nation mourned for the hundreds killed in the launch disaster. Awami League party members were seen in truck convoys celebrating to band music.

Dozens Dead After Ferry Capsizes in Bangladesh

By NIKHILA GILL and SRUTHI GOTTIPATI

New York Times
Published: March 13, 2012

Photos by Abir Abdullah/EPA
NEW DELHI ? Rescuers were searching for survivors on Tuesday after a ferry carrying as many as 200 passengers capsized in Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people with many more feared dead.

Photo: Abir Abdullah/EPA


The ferry, the MV-Shariatpur-1, was traveling along the Meghna River when it sank at about 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, roughly 30 miles south of the capital, Dhaka. At least 35 people were rescued as divers combed the waters in search of survivors, as well as the bodies of the dead.
Photo: AFP

?Rescue work is still on, and we fear that the death toll will go up,? said Saiful Islam, a police superintendent in the district of the accident.
Photo: AFP

Ferry accidents occur with a grim frequency in Bangladesh, a poor nation with an extensive network of rivers and waterways. In 2009, two separate ferry accidents claimed more than 100 lives, while at least 23 people were killed when a ferry capsized last year. Usually, the accidents are blamed on overcrowding or poor safety procedures.
But Tuesday?s accident occurred after the ferry traveling to Dhaka collided with a cargo boat, officials said.
?I was awakened with a big jolt,? Dulal Dewan, a survivor, told The Associated Press. ?I jumped into the river in darkness as the ferry started going down. In minutes, there were screams all around. People were shouting for help.?
Photo: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Mr. Islam, the police official, estimated that 100 to 200 passengers would have been aboard the vessel. It is difficult to estimate the exact number of passengers since tickets are sold onboard and people embark or disembark at several different ports along the route.
Links to other stories on the disaster:
http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/fotos/1/229262
http://photos.nj.com/star-ledger/2012/03/3-13-12_the_star-ledgers_photo_14.html
 

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

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