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Over 200 feared dead in ferry sinking in India

 Rescuers pull out the wreckage of a ferry that capsized in the Brahmaputra River at Buraburi village, about 350 kilometers (215 miles) west of the st...

India Boat Accident

Rescuers pull out the wreckage of a ferry that capsized in the Brahmaputra River at Buraburi village, about 350 kilometers (215 miles) west of the st...

Over 200 people were feared dead after a heavily packed ferry capsized, with 103 people confirmed dead from drowning while over 100 still remained missing.

Rescuers on Tuesday had recovered 103 bodies from a turbulent northeastern Brahmaputra River, saying they feared that dozens of others had been swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh.

The overloaded ferry overturned and broke into two pieces in stormy weather late Monday. About 100 people were still missing Tuesday evening.

The accident occurred near Fakiragram village in west Dhubri district of the eastern state of Assam.

By Tuesday morning, army divers and rescue workers had pulled out 103 bodies. “No more bodies have been recovered. It's quite possible strong currents have swept some bodies inside Bangladesh,” said Mohan Lal, a senior officer of the Border Security Force, who is supervising rescue efforts.

Indian authorities have sought the help of their Bangladeshi counterparts to locate bodies that may have been swept away by the fast current.

Indian President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh both expressed grief over the loss of life while the Prime Minister ordered assistance to the Assam state government.

Boat tragedies are frequently reported in India and Bangladesh where boats are the most common mode of transport. Most ferries are poorly built and often overcrowded, with little regard for safety regulations.

“We have regulations in place, but people do not obey them,” Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said. “We do not have enough police and security personnel to ensure compliance.”

In March, a ferry sank with some 200 people on board in southern Bangladesh. In December, 22 people died when a boat capsized in southern India. In 2010, two boat accidents killed more than 140 passengers.


Updated : 2021-10-22 11:01 GMT+08:00