138 dead, more miss­ing in ferry sink­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

DHAKA | Po­lice and vil­lagers Thurs­day found more bod­ies in a Bangladesh river where a packed ferry cap­sized ear­lier this week, rais­ing the death toll to 138.

De­com­pos­ing bod­ies sur­faced af­ter the dou­ble-deck ferry was sal­vaged and the res­cue op­er­a­tion was called off, lo­cal po­lice Chief Mo­ham­mad Sha­habud­din Khan said.

Res­cuers had re­cov­ered 112 bod­ies Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. An­other 26 bod­ies were found float­ing in the water Thurs­day.

Lo­cal me­dia, quot­ing rel­a­tives, said more than a dozen peo­ple were still un­ac­counted for.

The ferry car­ry­ing more than 200 peo­ple col­lided with a cargo boat and sank early Tues­day, send­ing scores of peo­ple into the Meghna River, just south of Dhaka. Chief Khan said about 35 were res­cued, and lo­cal me­dia re­ported an­other 40 swam shore.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.