According to officials, the boat was carrying “500 to 700 passengers” and the number could increase in the coming hours.
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At least 37 people were killed on Friday, December 24 in a heavy-duty boat fire on a river in Bangladesh. L ‘Obizon10, A three-story boat caught fire in the middle of the river near the town of Jalogati, about 250 km south of the capital Dhaka. “The death toll could rise. Most died in the fire and some drowned after jumping into the river.”The local police chief told the AFP. “We sent 100 people with burns to hospitals in Paris.”
Eyewitnesses said the fire spread rapidly around 3am. Within an hour of the fire, paramedics arrived at the scene and rushed the injured to hospitals. “We talked to the passengers. They say there were 500 to 700 more passengers.”, He told the district administrator AFP. “It took four or five hours to put out the fire. The boat was completely destroyed, but they were able to bring it back to shore.”
This is the latest in a series of similar catastrophes in this low-lying country surrounded by a delta of hundreds of rivers. Experts point to a lack of ship maintenance, poor safety standards and overcrowding on these boats.