Bangladesh Ferry Capsize Kills 32
Jarrett Martineau | May 12, 2008 at 09:01 pmby
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At least 32 people are feared killed after a ferry capsized during a storm in northern Bangladesh, officials say.
The ferry, carrying nearly 150 passengers, sank in the Ghorautura river, nearly 180km (115 miles) from the capital, Dhaka.
Reports said about 25 passengers swam ashore but others were feared trapped in the stricken boat.
Bangladesh frequently sees ferry accidents - typically blamed on unsafe, ageing boats and on overcrowding.
Local official Sultan Ahmed told the Associated Press news agency that some 50 people who were on the boat were missing after the incident late on Monday night.
He said the death toll could rise as some of the missing bodies are feared to be trapped inside the boat.
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