April 13, 2021

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The second phase of the fire on the Meghna River ferry

On the Bhola-Lakshmipur waterway, a fire broke out in the second phase on a ferry named Kalmilata on the Meghna River. The fire service from Bhola was able to put out the fire again.

The drivers complained that everything on the expired ferry was crippled due to contempt and negligence. So even though there was a fire extinguisher in the ferry, the people working in the ferry could not put out the fire. If the fire could have been extinguished in time, 10 vehicles would not have been burnt. And traders would not have lost crores of rupees.

However, the comments of the drivers and passengers of the damaged vehicles, by the grace of God, the Bhola Fire Service reached the spot in time. Otherwise, the ferry with more than 400 passengers would have suffered more.

Meanwhile, Emran Hossain Khan, Deputy Director, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC), Barisal, visited the spot. However, no investigation committee has been formed.

On the Bhola-Lakshmipur waterway, 10 vehicles were set on fire on the Meghna River, causing a loss of Tk 5 crore. 6 people were injured
On the Bhola-Lakshmipur waterway, 10 vehicles were set on fire on the Meghna River, causing a loss of Tk 5 crore. 6 people were injured in the first light
Parvez Khan, manager of the Ilisha ferry terminal in Bhola, and eyewitnesses said the Kalmilta ferry left the Majuchowdhury Hat ferry terminal in Laxmipur at around 3pm with about 15 vehicles. Suddenly a freight car carrying a cockshit caught fire in the middle of the river. Upon receiving the news, the manager of Bhola informed the fire service. The fire service and naval police went to the spot on a ferry named Kisani at Ilisha ferry terminal in Bhola and brought the fire under control. Meanwhile, a total of 10 vehicles including 3 freight trucks, 6 freight pickups and a motorcycle were burnt. It has caused a loss of about 5 crore rupees.

In the middle of the river, a car on the ferry caught fire and 10 cars were burnt

The manager added that after extinguishing the fire, the ferry got stuck in the submarine along with the truck. Later, when the tide came, he got off the ferry and left for Laxmipur Maju Chowdhury’s Hat Ghat. At that time, the truck carrying bitumen caught fire again. Upon receiving the news, the fire service went to the ferry and extinguished the fire.

Mohiuddin, 52, a resident of Bhola’s Tajumuddin upazila, said 10 vehicles had lost at least Tk 5 crore. He lost Tk 50 lakh including the goods in his car. There could have been more damage. The ferry staff is negligent in this incident.

Fire on a ferry on the Meghna River on the Bhola-Lakshmipur waterway. In this incident, 10 vehicles on the ferry were burnt and a loss of Tk 5 crore was caused. 6 people were injured
Fire on a ferry on the Meghna River on the Bhola-Lakshmipur waterway. In this incident, 10 vehicles on the ferry were burnt and a loss of Tk 5 crore was caused. 6 people were injured in the first light
Damaged truck driver said. Kawsar Alam, 28, said the fire extinguisher on the ferry was out of order. If it could have been used as soon as the fire broke out, there would not have been so much damage. Another driver was injured. Russell, 28, said all of the ferry’s equipment was damaged by carelessness. Didn’t work on time.

The drivers further said that there was no loss of life. However, 6-7 truck driver’s assistants were injured while trying to put out the fire. Passengers have questions about how such an expired ferry gets a waterway clearance. The ferry reached the wharf by the time the report was written in the evening.

The second master of the ferry. Bellal said he went to put out the fire and saw that the fire extinguisher was not working. He immediately informed the manager of Ilisha Ghat. There is no negligence on their part.

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