The two people killed were identified as Achhia Begum, 35, of the Sonaikandi area of Haripur union of Paba upazila and Rasheda Begum, 45, of the same area.

The accident occurred at 5:30pm in the Srirampur area of Rajpara in Rajshahi city, spilling 20 people into Padma.

Haripur union parishad chairman Bajle Rezbi Al Hasan Munzil said: “On Monday morning Asia and Rasheda went to a pasture on the other side of Padma for hay. As they were returning home in the evening with bales of hay, the boat capsized.”

Asked what caused the boat to capsize, he said: “The vessel had been overloaded. Also, a hole appeared in the boat and water started gushing into it.”

“Asia and Rasheda were trapped under the boat after it capsized. They were taken out of the water by the locals and whisked off to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital. The women were declared dead upon arrival,” OC Obaidur said.

Later, their bodies were handed over to the families, he added.