At least 38 killed in boat fire in Bangladesh

“We have recovered 38 bodies so far,” said Kalam Hussain Bhuiyan, a senior official of the fire service in Jhalkathi, the southern district.

Bhuyan said the fire started from the engine room of the launch, which was on its way from the capital Dhaka to Barguna.

Jhalkathi district administrator Johor Ali said the death toll could rise further as more than 50 people have been hospitalised, some passengers are still missing and some are in critical condition.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.