A nation was in mourning today after a truck full of schoolchildren returning from a football match crashed into a flooded roadside ditch yesterday killing at least 44.
The tragedy, which also left 12 survivors in critical condition, occurred in Mirsarai sub-district of southeastern Chittagong. Local residents said about 60-70 students mostly aged 12-18 were packed in the back of the truck.
Today, thousands of people attended a mass funeral for 38 of the students in the grounds of a local high school as the tragic news sent shock waves across the country.
Local media reported that the driver, who later fled the scene, was talking on a mobile phone when the accident happened.
Church leaders led prayers for the dead and offered condolences to the bereaved families.