At least five people have died in a crush of passengers on a ferry on the Padma River during a desperate Eid journey, a Madaripur official said.
The deaths were reported in two separate incidents that occurred on two different ferries on the Shimulia-Banglabazar route within a space of two hours on Wednesday, said Md Asaduzzaman, UNO of Madaripur’s Shibchar Upazila, reports bdnews24.com.
Some people were also injured in the incidents.
“At least four people -- two men and two women -- died on a ferry due to a crowd crush, while it was heading to Banglabazar from Munshiganj’s Shimulia pier,” Asaduzzaman said.
Separately, a teenage boy died on another crowded ferry after he fell sick apparently from a heatstroke.