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At least 21 people were killed and dozens remain missing as a boat packed with passengers and a sand-laden cargo ship collided on Friday 27th Aug, in a lake in eastern Bangladesh.

In fact, the vessel was portably carrying some 60 passengers when the incident occurred on a lake in the town of Bijoynagar, local government administrator Hayat-ud-Doula Khan said.

As explained, the cargo ship’s steel tip and the boat collided, causing the passenger vessel to capsize. “We have recovered 21 bodies including nine women and six children so far,” he told AFP news agency, adding that the toll would likely rise.

What is more, local fire service spokesman Taufiqul Islam said divers were searching the scene of the accident for more bodies, and that reinforcements had been called in from neighbouring towns. Locals also joined the rescue efforts.

Police said at least seven people were taken to a local hospital after they were rescued from the sunken boat.