The death toll from the trawler capsize in the River Karatoya rose to 25 on Sunday with the recovery of one more body from the river, police said.
Fifteen bodies were recovered earlier in the day after the engine-run trawler packed with 60-70 passengers capsized in Karatoya in Boda upazila. Eight children and 12 women were among the dead.
As the search for the missing continued, divers from the fire service and local people fished out nine more bodies from the river around 3:30pm, SM Sirajul Huda, superintendent of Panchagarh Police, said.
The identities of the deceased could not immediately be confirmed. Of the 24 victims, 22 were Hindus.
Police suspect that at least 10 people remain missing from the trawler capsize. The search for the missing was underway. Many swam to safety.
The trawler carrying 60-70 passengers, including women and children, sank in the middle of the river while heading towards Badheshwar Temple on the occasion of Mayalaya around 2:30pm, Sirajul said.
Divers from three firefighting units were conducting rescue operations till the filing of this report around 8pm.
Zahurul Islam, deputy commissioner, said Tk1 lakh will be given to the families of the deceased and Tk20,000 will be provided for cremation.