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At least 28 die as ferry capsizes

A ferry carrying about 100 passengers has capsized in a river in eastern Bangladesh, leaving at least 28 people dead and scores feared missing, police said.

Villagers and rescuers pulled 28 bodies from the River Meghna in Brahmanbaria and divers were looking for more, local police chief Jamil Ahmed said.

Many passengers were able to swim ashore, but the number of missing was unclear, he said.

The ferry apparently went down after hitting the wreckage of another cargo ferry that sunk a few days ago, he said.

He said police would investigate the accident, which took place about 50 miles east of the capital, Dhaka.

Ferry accidents, often blamed on overcrowding and lax rules, are common in Bangladesh, a nation of 150 million people.

Forty-year-old Din Islam said his wife and five relatives were on the ferry and he feared all of them died.

"I have lost all of them, found two bodies, I want them all," he said.

Survivors said the ferry was overcrowded and it sank very quickly when most passengers were asleep.


From Belfast Telegraph