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One body has been recovered in the incident of launch capsize in the Shitalakshya river at Madanganj ghat area of Narayanganj.

A passenger launch sank after a cargo vessel had hit it at around 6:00pm on Sunday evening.

Resident medical officer Asaduzzaman said the body has been kept at Narayanganj General Hospital.

Narayanganj fire service deputy assistant director Abdullah Al Arefin said the rescue operation is being hampered due to strong wind and three divers have been engaged to search for the capsized launch.

Speaking to Prothom Alo, BIWTA Narayanganj office deputy director Mobarak Hossain said a passenger launch left Narayanganj for Munshiganj.

The launch capsized in the Shitalakshya river near the under construction third Shitalakshya bridge at Madanganj area at around 6:00pm after it had been hit by a cargo vessel SK-3.

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Mobarak, however, couldn't confirm as to how many passengers are missing. He said many passengers managed to swim ashore.

Badiuzzaman Badal, senior vice-president of Bangladesh Inland Waterways (passenger carriers) Association, said the launch with 40-50 passengers on board left for Munshiganj from BIWTA ghat in Narayanganj.

The accident took place on the way near the under-construction bridge on the Shitalakshya river.

Sadar naval police sub-inspector Yunus Munshi confirmed the news of the accident to the Prothom Alo.

Although many passengers could manage to swim ashore, he thinks, some passengers might be missing.

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