Twenty six killed in boat accident in Bangladesh

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At least 26 people died and several were missing after an overcrowded speedboat collided with a sand-laden bulk carrier and sank on Bangladesh’s giant Padma River on Monday, police said.

“Rescuers found 26 dead bodies and some still could be missing,” said Miraj Hossain, a senior police official of the central Madaripur district, where the accident occurred.

Five people were rescued and sent to hospital, he said.

Hundreds of people die each year in ferry accidents in Bangladesh, a low-lying country that has extensive inland waterways and lax safety standards.

Photo: Local people stand by the river as they look at rescue workers lay out the bodies recovered from the river in body bags after a speedboat collided with another boat in the Padma River in Madaripur District, Bangladesh. EPA-EFE/STR

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