Dozens die after a ferry sinks in tropical storm off Bangladesh

A crowded ferry sank during a tropical storm in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 42 people and leaving more than 40 missing, officials said Tuesday. The death toll from the accident late Monday could rise because some of those missing were feared trapped inside the sunken ferry, said local government administrator Sultan Ahmed. At least 150 people were aboard the MV Chanpur when it was caught in the storm and sank in the Ghorautra River, said Mizanur Rahman, a police official in the area about 80 kilometers north of the capital, Dhaka. Citing survivors' accounts, Rahman said more than 60 people either swam to safety or were rescued by area residents.