Update November 10, 2015

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4,255 killed in launch crashes since 1983: Minister

Sumel Sarker

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4,255 killed in launch crashes since 1983: Minister

10 November 2015, Nirapad News: Some 4,255 people were killed in 415 launch accidents in the country since 1983, according to statistics of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) placed in parliament.

Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, on behalf of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, placed the data in the House on Monday replying to a scripted question from ruling Awami League MP Golam Dastogir Gazi.

As per the statistics, highest 460 people were killed in 25 launch accidents in 2003 while the second highest 426 in nine accidents in 1986 and the third highest 353 people lost their lives in eight accidents in 2000.

In the last six years, a total of 762 people were killed in 98 launch accidents.

Of them, 82 were killed in two accidents this year (2015) while 122 in 12 accidents in 2014, 20 in six accidents in 2013, 159 in 13 accidents in 2012, 70 in 20 accidents in 2011, 95 in 19 accidents in 2010 and 214 people were killed in 2009.

In reply to a starred question from independent MP Nurjahan Begum (Women Seat-42), the Minister said there is no unfit river vessel in the country as far as he knows.

Meanwhile, a project is now underway to conduct a survey to collect data of river vessels to get sure whether there is any unfit vessel in the country, he added.

Answering to a scripted question from the same MP, Anisul said the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation constructed a total of 45 water vessels, including 35 commercial ones, in the last six years after the AL government assumed office in 2009.

The BIWTC builds vessels for carrying passengers, goods and transports as per the demand, he noted.

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