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Death toll rises to 39 after ferry sinks near Dhaka

Death toll rises to 39 after ferry sinks near Dhaka

The death toll from a ferry sinking outside the Bangladeshi capital rose to 39 when police found nine more bodies inside the boat's hull yesterday while rescuers searched for about 20 people still missing, authorities said.
The ferry, carrying more than 100 passengers, capsized Thursday after hitting a cargo vessel on the Buriganga River.
Twenty missing
The new bodies were found inside the hull of the wooden ferry MV Saurav after it was pulled out of 13 meters of water early yesterday, said A.S.M. Maniruzzaman, a police officer at the scene of the accident.
Most of the 39 dead were women and children who were traveling on the lower deck of the boat, Maniruzzaman said. About 20 people were still missing, officials said.
The ferry had been traveling from Dhaka to the nearby town of Taltala, Fire Brigade official Sufia Begum said.


Updated : 2021-08-01 17:39 GMT+08:00