Safety rules flouted on Buriganga

  • Goods-laden vessels ply the Buriganga River almost all the time. Boats and trawlers carrying passengers of cross paths with these vessels, putting countless lives at risk in the process. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Goods-laden vessels ply the Buriganga River almost all the time. Boats and trawlers carrying passengers of cross paths with these vessels, putting countless lives at risk in the process. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Retailers use Alam Market Ghat to cross the Buriganga River with various goods bought from Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar market. They subsequently take a rickshaws or vans to get to their destinations. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Retailers use Alam Market Ghat to cross the Buriganga River with various goods bought from Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar market. They subsequently take a rickshaws or vans to get to their destinations. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Passengers cross the Buriganga River on an overcrowded trawler amid the coronavirus epidemic. The boat is carrying more passengers than its capacity in violation of safety rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Passengers cross the Buriganga River on an overcrowded trawler amid the coronavirus epidemic. The boat is carrying more passengers than its capacity in violation of safety rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Passengers cross the Buriganga River on an overcrowded trawler amid the coronavirus epidemic. The boat is carrying more passengers than its capacity in violation of safety rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Passengers cross the Buriganga River on an overcrowded trawler amid the coronavirus epidemic. The boat is carrying more passengers than its capacity in violation of safety rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, passengers continue to crowd boats on the Buriganga River without taking precautions such as wearing a mask. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, passengers continue to crowd boats on the Buriganga River without taking precautions such as wearing a mask. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Many water vessels travel at high speeds across the Buriganga River, raising the risk of accidents. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Many water vessels travel at high speeds across the Buriganga River, raising the risk of accidents. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Rules stipulate that passengers board and disembark vessels at Sadarghat terminal pontoons but people often disregard the requirement. Many passengers board launches mid-river, often leading to accidents. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Rules stipulate that passengers board and disembark vessels at Sadarghat terminal pontoons but people often disregard the requirement. Many passengers board launches mid-river, often leading to accidents. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • Safety rules stipulate that lifebuoys and lifejacket be kept on boats but most boatmen plying the Buriganga River refuse to follow the rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    Safety rules stipulate that lifebuoys and lifejacket be kept on boats but most boatmen plying the Buriganga River refuse to follow the rules. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • A boat equipped with a lifebuoy is seen crossing the Buriganga River with a passenger. Safety gear such as lifebouys are rarely found on boats and vessels plying the river. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    A boat equipped with a lifebuoy is seen crossing the Buriganga River with a passenger. Safety gear such as lifebouys are rarely found on boats and vessels plying the river. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

  • A boatman has equipped his vessel with both a lifebuoy and lifejacket in compliance with the safety rules issued by the authorities. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

    A boatman has equipped his vessel with both a lifebuoy and lifejacket in compliance with the safety rules issued by the authorities. Photo: Mostafigur Rahman

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