Accidents on waterways killed 20,508 in 50 years: POBA


| Update:
Dec. 29, 2021, 6:15 p.m.

A total of 20,508 people have been killed in 2,572 waterway accidents across the country over the past 50 years, Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA) said on Tuesday.

In addition, he added, these accidents left dozens injured and damaged movable property worth over Tk 34.17 billion during the same period.

He also said that 80% of launch accidents were due to faulty river vessel design coupled with mistakes made by inexperienced launch masters.

Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Save the Environment Movement) revealed the results of a human chain program staged outside the Shahbagh National Museum in the city.

Fifteen human rights organizations, including Save the Environment Movement, organized the program demanding exemplary punishment for those responsible for the devastating fire of a passenger boat on the Sugandha River in Jhalakathi district on December 24, which left 42 dead and several injured.

The leaders of the organizations also called on the government to oblige the owner of the launch to compensate the victims of the fire.

Thanking the Department of Navigation for bringing a complaint against those responsible for the fire, they urged the government to modernize the country’s river system, taking into account its social, economic and environmental aspects.

The government should take effective measures to prevent further accidents on the river routes by reducing all irregularities and mismanagement in the sector, taking into account the improving economy and population of the country, they said. declared.

Speaking at the event, President of the Save the Environment movement Abu Naser Khan said that 863 commissions of inquiry, formed in the past after 565 launch accidents, had submitted their reports to the government with recommendations, but those – these were neither made public nor implemented.

Save the Environment will form an investigation committee to investigate the fire that occurred during the launch of the MV Avijan-10, he added.

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