At least 30 people were killed on Monday when a boat capsized in Bangladesh’s Buriganga river when it collided with another vessel.

Bodies of 19 males, eight females and three children were fished out so far, Daily Star quoted Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, as saying.

The boat, Morning Bird, which was coming to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized in the river after it was hit by the other vessel, Moyur-2 near Sadarghat launch terminal at around 9.30 a.m., he said.

The boat was reportedly carrying over 100 passengers, according to local police.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has seized Moyur-2 but its captain and other staffers managed to flee the scene, BIWTA Joint Director Alamgir Kabir told Daily Star.

BIWTA has formed a four-member committee to investigate the launch capsize and asked to submit report as soon as possible, said its Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.

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