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Thursday 21 August 2014

Dozens die as ferry capsizes

Published 16/05/2014 | 07:02

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Bangladeshi rescuers look for bodies of victims from the River Meghna after a ferry capsized (AP)

Rescuers have recovered at least 26 bodies after a ferry capsized during a storm in a river in central Bangladesh.

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Police estimated at least 100 people were still missing, but there was no clear picture about exactly how many people were on board because the ferry operators did not maintain a passenger list, officials said.

One passenger who jumped overboard when the ship began to sink said he was among some 25 people who managed to swim to safety.

He claimed the captain of the double-decker ferry ignored the passengers' calls to stay close to the shore as the storm started.

Relatives of the missing and the dead were gathering near the Meghna River, near where the boat capsized. Several recovered bodies, covered in cloth, were on the banks of the river, according to television footage.

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