Saturday 22 July 2017

Ten more bodies recovered after Bangladeshi ferry sinks, six still missing

Bangladeshi rescuers search the River Padma after a ferry capsized (AP)
Bangladeshi rescuers search the River Padma after a ferry capsized (AP)

Serajul Quadir and Enammul Haque

Officials say ten more bodies have been recovered after a ferry carrying 80 passengers capsized this week in Bangladesh

Divers had been deployed to find the six people who were still missing, the chief administrator of Morelganj sub-district, Obaidur Rahman, said.

Rashedul Alam, a police official from Morelganj, where the accident happened, said a combination of strong currents and overloading caused the ferry to sink on Tuesday.

Most of the passengers had swum to safety, he said.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has a track record of ferry accidents and deaths sometimes run into the hundreds. (Reporting by Serajul Quadir and Enammul Haque; Editing by Vin Shahrestani)

Reuters

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