Evening Times

38 die as boat hit by ferry

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BANGLADESH : At least 38 people died when an overcrowde­d passenger boat capsized after being hit by a small ferry.

The boat was carrying more than 80 people in northern Bangladesh and police said several were missing.

Rescuers recovered 38 bodies from the capsized boat in the Daira river in Kishoregan­j district, police Chief Anwar Hossain said.

The area is 50 miles north of Dhaka.

All the casualties were from the passenger boat and there was no damage to the ferry.

Police detained the ferry and were questionin­g its crew, Hossain said.

The accident happened a week after a triple-deck river ferry sank in southern Bangladesh, killing at least 83 people.

Boat accidents, often blamed on overcrowdi­ng and lax rules, are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150million people.

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