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Bangladesh ferry disaster: 29 killed, scores more feared dead

Published on May 17, 2014 6:47 AM
 
Rescue operations are undergoing for the sunken ferry MV Miraj 4 victims in the Megna River near Munshiganj, Bangladesh, on 16 May 2014. Divers battled on Friday to recover bodies trapped in the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry that was sunk by a giant wave, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 29 with scores more feared drowned. -- PHOTO: EPA

GAJARIA, BANGLADESH (AFP) - Divers battled on Friday to recover bodies trapped in the wreckage of a Bangladesh ferry that was sunk by a giant wave, as the death toll from the disaster rose to 29 with scores more feared drowned.

As survivors blamed the captain of the MV Miraz for refusing to take shelter from a gathering storm, an investigation was launched into whether it had been carrying too many passengers.

Bangladesh is no stranger to ferry disasters, with overcrowding and poor ship design and maintenance often to blame.

Officials said as many as 200 people may have been on the ferry when it sank to the bottom of the river Meghna on Thursday afternoon, some 50km south-east of the capital Dhaka.

 
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