Dozens missing after ferry capsizes in Bangladesh
By Sumnima Das, CNN
March 13, 2012 — Updated 0700 GMT (1500 HKT)
- Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh
- Operators often ignore rules
(CNN) — Rescuers searched frantically for survivors Tuesday after a packed ferry carrying more than 100 people capsized in south Bangladesh.
The ferry sank in the Meghna river after it collided with another vehicle early Tuesday morning. It was traveling to Dhaka, the nation’s capital, from Shariatpur district.
By noon, authorities rescued 35 people and recovered three bodies, said police superintendent Shahabuddin Khan.
Ferry accidents are common on Bangladesh’s vast river network.
Hundreds of people die in such accidents every year as the operators often ignore rules.
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