Bangladesh ferry carrying hundreds sinks: Officials
Published on May 15, 2014 9:48 PM
DHAKA (AFP) - A heavily-laden ferry capsized and sank in central Bangladesh on Thursday after being caught in a storm, leaving at least nine people dead and hundreds more missing, police and officials said.
"We are receiving confusing figures on how many passengers were on board when it sank, but the number could range from 200 to 350," district government administrator Saiful Hasan told AFP.
"Nine bodies have been recovered so far," he said of the accident on the river Meghna in Munshiganj district, some 50km south of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.
Local police chief Ferdous Ahmed also confirmed the recovery of the nine bodies, including at least two of whom were women.
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