138 dead, more missing in ferry sinking
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.