A man was killed and 5 others severely injured in a head-on collision between two launches on the river Meghna in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Friday night.

The deceased Md Humayun, 35, is son of Abdul Hai from Shariatpur’s Bhedarganj upazila.

Inspector Md Mostafizur Rahman, in-charge of Kolagachia river police outpost, said Dhaka-bound MV Manik-4 and Chandpur-bound MV Bogdadia-13 collided around 1:00am. Some passengers of Manik-4 fell off the launch and one passenger died on the spot.

The injured passengers were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital immediately, he said.

Quoting the locals, Mostafizur said that at least 10-15 passengers of Manik-4 went missing. River police, navy, BIWTA and fire service officials started rescue drive since morning.