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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
19 Jan 2015

A sunken passenger vessel sits grounded on Kamarjani island, near Gaibandha, Bangladesh on 20 January 2015.

Local people say that there are many new islands emerging in the Brahmaputra river as a result of changing water levels. As a result, passenger vessels which sank a couple of years ago and were not recovered sometimes surface as water levels change.

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Myanmar: A Yangon River Ferry's Last Day
Yangon
By Raw Music International
12 Nov 2014

As Myanmar begins seeing sanctions against it lifted, foreign firms, including a Japanese company whose ferryboats will replace the old boats that until recently criss-crossed the Yangon River, have begun vying to open markets in the country, bringing with them the changes to everyday life that come with the influx of new goods and services.

Traffic sits static in the swelteringly damp heat of Yangon’s streets, filling the air with fumes. Noodle stalls, tea stalls, clothes stalls, nick-nack stalls and finally, pedestrians pack sidewalks to the edge, the pavements stained red from the constant spitting of Betel-nut juice. Sprays of blood-red saliva spurt from taxi windows and the mouth of every other Betel chewer on the street. The soundtrack is a constant ring of shouts, calls, coughs, engines and around dawn and dusk, the cawing of crows. However, despite the chaos, the investment and development brought to the city in recent years is obvious. Encouraged by apparent moves towards democracy, foreign companies have begun to see Myanmar as viable and potentially lucrative option. Yangon feels like a place where things are changing.

Not far outside of Yangon things don’t move so fast. The ferry crossing the river between the city and the semi-rural township of Dala is packed all day with commuters, traders and labourers who rely on the crossing to access work in Yangon. Like tens of thousands of other Burmese they leave underdeveloped townships and head to the former capital each day to make their living.

This video, filmed on the last days the two decrepit ferries would operate before being replaced by newer boats, puts forward small aspects of Burmese daily life that speak to wider changes occurring in the country.

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Death Trap 9
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women who lost her son in the Pinak-6 sinking points to the river Padma as she voices her fury at the Bangladeshi government. The woman feels that if the government had taken the initiative to build a bridge across the river, then her son would not have been missing. The Pinak-6 was a passenger vessel used to ferry people from one side of the Padma river to the other. The boat sank as it made a crossing.

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Death Trap 14
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women crawls on the ground at the Mawa Ferry Ghat on August 4, 2014 after her husband went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank on the Padma river.

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Death Trap 15
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A survivor of the Pinak-6 sinking cries on the shore of the Padma river. He was able to save himself, but not his mother, who drowned in the disaster. While many people who take the boats know how to swim, when the boats capsize many passengers panic and cannot save themselves. The saris and baggy clothes popular amongst Bangladeshis also make it hard to swim and lead many to drown.

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Death Trap 1
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

People gather at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after a passenger vessel named Pinak-6 sank. On that sunken passenger vessel, 51 people died and more than 200 went missing.

August 4, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Three women cry at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka, after their father went missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry capsized the Padma river.

August 4, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two sisters become senseless while crying for their father at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka.Their father was one of more than 200 passengers who when missing when the Pinak-6 passenger ferry sank in the Padma river.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries at the Mawa Ferry Ghat as her only brother went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank in the Padma river.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Two women cry for their missing husbands at the Mawa Ferry Ghat after after the sinking of the Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A women is cries with her family members at the Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after her husband and only son went missing after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel is sank in the Padma River.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

A Bangladesh Navy diver signals that he has found another dead body from the sunken Pinak-6 passenger vessel.

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Death Trap 8
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
03 Aug 2014

Locals gather at at Mawa Ferry Ghat near Dhaka after the Pinak-6 passenger vessel sank just offshore as it crossed to the other side of the river.

August 4, 2014

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Death Trap 23
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
25 Jul 2014

An overloaded passenger vessel at Sadarghat Launch Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 27 July 2014. Overloading is one of the reasons for the sinking of passenger vessels.

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Death Surge: Bangladesh's Capsizing R...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

May 2014-January 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Located on the delta of the Ganges river, Bangladesh is a country of waterways. There are around 300 rivers in Bangladesh, which make up 24,140 km of waterways. For this reason, river transportation is used more than road or rail transportation.

However, poorly designed transport boats, poor maintenance, recruitment of unskilled boat drivers, and the overloading of transport vessels are resulting in catastrophic boat disasters which kill thousands. It has been reported that in last 15 years there have been 573 boat accidents. These accidents have claimed the lives of more than 5000 people, and left around 1000 people missing and unaccounted for.  

River transport is particularly popular amongst Bangladesh’s poor, as it is much cheaper than overland transport. As a result, most victims of riverboat disasters come from poor backgrounds, as they have no choice but to travel by boat. Many of those who require transport in the first place are the primary breadwinners of a family, as they need to travel to and from work. Therefore, those most affected by these tragic disasters are some of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable. Many of those killed leave behind dependent and impoverished families.

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Death Trap 10
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Navy divers have recover the body of a dead child who was killed the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized on the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 went missing.

May 16, 2014

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Death Trap 11
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A mother anxiously waits to hear news about her missing son who disappeared when the MV Miraj - 4 capsized on the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka.

May 16, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Relatives wait recover the dead bodies of lost relatives who were killed when the MV Miraj - 4 sank on the Meghna River.

May 16, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescuers try to recover dead bodies from the submerged wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel on Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 more went missing.

May 17, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A crane pulls the wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 out of the Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 went missing.

May 17, 2014

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A dead body floats in the Meghna River 40 hours after the sinking of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A relative of a missing passenger from the MV Miraj-4 is waits for his relative's dead body on the bank of Meghna River near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 16, 2014.

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Death Trap 19
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

"Where is my mom ?! where is my mom ?!" a man cries on the bank of Meghna River. The man was able to save himself, but not his mother, with whom he was traveling, when the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized.

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Death Trap 20
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A man cries on the bank of Meghna River. The man was able to save himself, but not his mother, with whom he was traveling, when the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel capsized.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

A rescue worker cries after spending the day recovering dead bodies from the sunken MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescue workers recover a dead body from the wreckage of the MV Miraj-4 passenger vessel.

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Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
15 May 2014

Rescuers have rescued a dead body from Meghna river near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 16 May 2014. This deadbody is rectified as one of the passenger of the passenger vessel named MV Miraj - 4 which was sank at Meghna river near Munshigonj, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 15 May 2014. On that sunken passenger vessel 54 people died and 250 more passenger are lost.

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Libya (17 of 40)
Benghazi, Libya
By George Henton
24 May 2011

Crowds wait to board a passenger ferry leaving from Benghazi, Libya, to the besieged eastern Libyan city of Misrata, 23 May 2011. Despite the large numbers of people attempting to return to Misrata, at the time forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi continue to surround the city with the only open entry point via sea routes from Benghazi and Cyprus. GEORGE HENTON.