Ferry accidents in Bangladesh, 35 dead

More than 30 people dead and hundreds were missing after a ferry overturned in the river Meghna, Munshiganj district, southern Bangladesh yesterday. Ferry carrying hundreds of passengers, overturned after hitting a cargo ship.

"The death rate is expected to rise because many bodies are believed still trapped in the ship," police chief Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan, as reported by CBS News, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

So far, rescuers only managed to find 35 bodies from the river Meghna, which is located 32 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka. According to the testimony of a rescue team member, there are many bodies of the victims caught in the hull.

Khan estimated the number of victims lost nearly touched the figure of 200, but one survivor, Dulai Council, said that nearly reached 300.

"I was sleeping when the accident occurred. I do not know how I survived," said Abdul Gani Akhand, survivors who received treatment in hospital. A total of 40 other victims managed to escape by swimming to the river banks.

In addition to focusing on the search for survivors, authorities are currently investigating the exact cause of the accident. In Bangladesh, ferry accidents are common, mostly due to the excess of passengers, engine trouble and loose regulation.

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