At least 25 people were killed and dozens were missing after a boat sank on September 25, in Bangladesh, marking the worst waterways disaster to hit the country in over a year.

According to Jahurul Islam, district administrator of northern Panchagarh, a rescue operation for those missing is ongoing, adding that the ferry was taking mostly devotees to a Hindu temple on the occasion of Mahalaya.

The exact number of people missing is not known, but passengers said more than 70 people had been on the boat.

As the police said, about 20 people were still missing while some of the passengers managed to swim ashore or were rescued.

In a similar accident last year, 34 people died after an overcrowded ferry collided with a cargo vessel and sank on the Shitalakhsya River outside the capital Dhaka.