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Bangladesh ferry sinks with up to 200 on board, many missing

Published on Aug 4, 2014 3:23 PM
 
Bangladeshis ride on packed ferries as they rush home to be with their families in their respective villages ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, near the Sadarghat ferry terminal on the outskirts of Dhaka on July 27, 2014. An overloaded ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank Monday on a river in central Bangladesh, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) -  An overloaded ferry carrying up to 200 passengers sank Monday on a river in central Bangladesh, police said.  Rescue teams have pulled around 100 people out of the water, authorities said.

Two dead bodies have been found, but the rest remain unaccounted for.  

The boat was around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka when it sank in rough conditions.  “We have heard that the ferry was overloaded with passengers and the river was rough,” local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP.  

The police chief of Madaripur, where the ferry began its journey, said it was carrying between 170 and 200 passengers.  But one survivor, speaking on local television, said he the ferry was overloaded with up to 350 passengers.  

 
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