Dozens dead after ferry sinks in Bangladesh

By REUTERS
March 13, 2012 15:42

 
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DHAKA - A ferry carrying more than 250 passengers sank in a river in Bangladesh on Tuesday after colliding with a barge and at least 35 people were dead, police and witnesses said. Scores were missing.

The accident occurred on the Meghna river in Munshiganj district, some 50 km (31 miles) south of the capital. At least 50 people managed to swim ashore, an official said.

The Dhaka-bound ferry, the MV Shariatpur-1, was hit by an oil-laden barge early on Tuesday.

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