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Two die as launches collide in Meghna

January 14, 2020 00:00:00

BARISHAL, Jan 13 (UNB): At least two people died and 10 others were injured after a passenger launch hit another in the Meghna River in Majherchar area of the district early Monday as thick fog caused blurred visibility.

The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.

Abu Taher, officer-in-charge of Chandpur River Police Station, and Nurul Islam, master of Kirtankhola-10 launch, confirmed the casualties.

Jhantu, manager of Kirtankhola-10, said Dhaka-bound Farhan-9 launch from Hularhat in Bhandaria hit the middle of their vessel at around 01:30am.

"Two people died on the spot and a large part of the launch was damaged," he added.

Kirtankhola-10 left Barishal river port around 9pm for Dhaka with 700 passengers on board.

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