Storms Sink Ships
Rescuers have found the bodies of over 130 people killed in two ferry disasters in Bangladesh The accidents happened during a storm that hit the country on April 2i Hundreds more are missing or feared dead
The two ferries sank in different rivers near the capital city of Dhaka as strong winds and rain hit the South Asian country
The government has since banned all ferries and other boats from traveling at night during the April-May stormy season
One of the ferries, MV Mitali, was carrying far more people than it was supposed to About 400 passengers fitted into a space made for just 300, police said The second ferry carried about 100 passengers
"The number of deaths is certain to rise," said an official in charge of the rescue work "No one really knows how many people were on board the ferry or how many of then survived"
Ferries in Bangladesh don't always keep passenger lists, making it difficult to determine the exact number of people on board
Besides the ferry accidents, at least 40 people were killed and 400 injured by lightning strikes, falling houses and trees and the sinking of small boats
Storms are common this time of year in Bangladesh, as are boating accidents Ferry disasters take away hundreds of lives every year in a nation of 130 million people Officials blame these river accidents on a lack of safety measures, too many passengers in boats and not enough checks on weather conditions Ferries are a common means of transport in Bangladesh It is a country covered by about 230 rivers Some 20,000 ferries use the nation's waterways (水路 every year Arid many of them are dangerously overcrowded (过度拥挤） Since 1977, more than 3,000 people have died in some 260 boating accidents How many people have been found dead in the two ferry disasters?
1 A More than 130
B Over 3,000
C About 400
D At least 40
2 The two ferry disasters occurred
A at noon
B in the morning
C at night
D in the afternoon
3 How many passengers was MV Mitali designed to carry?
Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a cause of the boating accidents?
A Strong winds,
B Bad weather conditions
C Blockage of waterways
D Lack of safety measures
5 Which of the following statements is NOT true of the two ferry disasters?
A They traveled during the April-May stormy season
B They sank on April 21
C The exact number of deaths could be easily determined
D They sank somewhere near Dhaka