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  • 8 February 2013, 8:29

Bangladesh: Ferry With 100 On Board Capsizes

A ferry carrying more than 100 people on board has capsized in Bangladesh after colliding with another boat.

Police said there were no immediate reports of casualties after the ferry went down on the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, 20 miles (32km) south of Dhaka.

Villagers rescued more than 40 people after the accident and several people were able to swim to shore, local media reported.

The MV Sarash ferry was on a local run from Narayanganj city to Matlab in the south.

The private television station Channel-I said local villagers rescued more than 40 people after the accident. Several other people were able to swim to shore, the report said.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 153 million people, and it is frequently unclear how many people are aboard the often overcrowded vessels.

Local government administrator Mohammad Saiful Hasan said a salvage vessel had reached the scene and a rescue operation would start after the sunken ferry was located.

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