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UNDRO 86/1271
BANGLADESH - CAPSIZED FERRY BOAT
UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
28 MAY 1986

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT CO-ORDINATOR REPORTS DOUBLE-DECKER FERRY BOAT WITH 1,500 PEOPLE ON BOARD CAPSIZED BY NORWESTER ON RIVER MEGHNA IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF BARISAL ON NIGHT OF SUNDAY, 25 MAY 1986. (LAST SIMILAR DISASTER ON 20 APRIL 1986). ABOUT 600 PASSENGERS FEARED KILLED BUT SO FAR ONLY 157 BODIES RECOVERED FROM RIVER AS MANY VICTIMS SWEPT FAR DOWNSTREAM.

2. GOVERNMENT CONDUCTING RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS.

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