Jhalakathi launch fire: PM orders prompt, proper treatment of injured

Fri Dec 24, 2021 07:03 PM Last update on: Fri Dec 24, 2021 07:07 PM
The launch caught fire on the Sugandha River near Jhalakathi Sadar upazila early today, December 24, 2021. Photo: Habibur Rahman/Star

Expressing profound shock and sorrow at the loss of lives and injuries in the MV Avijan-10 launch fire, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed the authorities concerned to ensure quick treatment of the injured and hand over the bodies to their relatives promptly.

She prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members, and the quick recovery of the injured.

Now in the Maldives on a state visit, the prime minister regularly enquiries about the incident, said a PMO press release.

A massive fire broke out in the engine room of a launch in the middle of Sugandha River off the coast of Jhalakathi Sadar Upazila.

The blaze broke out at 3:00am on the Barguna-bound Avijan-10 launch carrying some 800 passengers from Dhaka and it engulfed the entire vessel within 10 minutes.