Ferry sinks after colliding in Bangladesh; at least 25 dead
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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Rescuers have recovered 25 bodies from a river outside Bangladesh’s capital after a ferry collided with another vessel and capsized, an official said Monday.
The ferry sank Sunday night after being hit by a cargo vessel in the Shitalakkhya River in Narayanganj district, just outside Dhaka, officials said.
Fire and civil defense official Ershad Hossain said rescuers recovered five bodies overnight and 20 others on Monday. Nine other people remained missing, he said.
A family member of one of the passengers waits on shore for news about survivors of the Bangladeshi ferry accident. (Reuters)
Hossain said the double-decker ferry was traveling to neighboring Munshiganj district with more than 50 passengers when the accident took place.
Authorities blamed the sand-laden cargo vessel with hitting the ferry and ordered an investigation.
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Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by about 130 rivers. Ferries are a leading means of transportation, especially in the southern and northeastern regions.
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