Five Tunisian migrants die in shipwreck
SIRAJGANJ: Ten people were killed and over fifty others injured in a triangular collusion between a truck and two buses at Shimantabazar on the western side of Bangabandhu bridge link road in Kamarkhand upazila on Saturday.
Two of the deceased was identified as Sorhab Uddin and Afsar Ali, hailing from Saghata upazila of Gaibandha district.
Bangabandhu Bridge West Police Officer-in-charge Helal Uddin said a North Bengal-bound truck carrying corrugated iron sheets collided with a Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Antar Paribahan’ from Gaibandha at about 3:30pm as the truck driver lost control over the steering after one of its wheel got deflated.
At this moment, another bus of ‘Nabil Paribahan’ hit the Antar Paribahan’ from behind, leaving five people dead on the spot and over 50 injured of the three vehicles.
Of the injured, 34 people were taken to Sirajganj General Hospital where doctors declared five more people dead.
Among the remaining injured, 17 were moved to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated.
TUNIS: At least five Tunisian migrants died on Saturday when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast, officials said.
“A migrant boat carrying dozens capsized on Saturday off the coast of Monastir … Naval forces rescued 49 Tunisian migrants and recovered five bodies of Tunisian migrants,” a naval
official told Reuters.
Boat smugglers make use of Tunisia’s proximity to the Italian island of Lampedusa to ship migrants there, with Tunisian authorities rescuing dozens of people travelling in
unsafe boats in the past few weeks.
Most boat smugglers prefer to operate out of Libya to exploit a security vacuum in the neighbouring country struggling with a power dispute between two governments.
A month after nearly 900 migrants drowned in the worst Mediterranean shipwreck in living memory, the flow of people desperate to reach a better life in Europe has accelerated as people smugglers take advantage of calmer seas.
Last week, the European Union agreed a naval mission to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya.