Once again, negligence has resulted in launches capsizing, this time three simultaneously, in Nariya on the Padma river.
At least 25 people are believed to be missing. Who knows how many more are yet to be found, and how many have died?
This has happened all too often, and for far too long.
It is unacceptable that, time and again, launch disasters have resulted in the untimely deaths of Bangladeshis. As a nation that is heavily dependent on water-bodies for travel, it behooves the authorities to ensure that safety comes first.
But, time and again, boat operators have allowed unsafe vessels to traverse the waters, putting the lives of ordinary citizens at risk.
The government needs a more affirmative plan to prevent accidents such as these in the future. If the state of the boats are so bad that strong waves can capsize them, we need to completely change the way these services have been functioning.
What is worse, however, is that the ones responsible are allowed to get away with impunity. With close to 5,000 people having died in Bangladesh’s grim history of launch accidents, surely it is high time that people flouting safety were held accountable for their actions.
No longer can we have unsafe boats on our rivers. No more can we allow negligent boat operators to run these shoddy businesses. No more can we allow people to needlessly suffer in such a manner.
We must ask again: How many more deaths will it take before we do something?