Bangladesh Ferry Disaster

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Bangladesh Ferry Disaster, Recovery workers were trying to raise the wreckage of a ferry that capsized on a river in Bangladesh while carrying about 200 people, hoping Wednesday’s efforts would reveal the fate of dozens of passengers still missing. The death toll stood at 66.

The ferry collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the darkness of Tuesday morning, sending hundreds of people into the Meghna River, just south of the capital, Dhaka. Local police chief Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan said about 35 survivors were plucked out of the water, while local media reported that another 40 managed to swim to shore.

The death toll climbed to 66 on Wednesday after villagers and rescuers found more bodies floating near the scene of the accident, said rescue official Mahfuzul Haque. Divers had recovered 31 bodies from inside the sunken ferry the day before, and Wednesday’s efforts to move the ferry had shaken more loose.

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