At least five people died and many fell sick due to huge pressure of passengers and heatstroke at Banglabazar end of the Shimulia-Banglabazar route under Shibchar upazila in Madaripur.
The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon, confirmed Shibchar Police Station OC Miraj Hossain.
He said five people died due to passenger pressure and heatstroke just before the two ferries leaving from Shimulia Ghat anchored at Banglabazar Ghat.
According to ghat sources, the ‘Ro-Ro Ferry Shah-Paran’ with passengers from Shimulia Ghat arrives at Ferry Ghat No. 3 in Banglabazar at 11:30 am. A teenager named Anisur Matubbar died while the passengers were rushing while getting off the ferry. Besides, about 25 people were injured.
Meanwhile, four more people died due to heatstroke in ‘Enayetpuri Ferry’ due to excessive heat. Among them are two men and two women.
BDST: 1711 HRS, May 12, 2021