6 die after ferry capsizes in Bangladesh

2015-06-11 16:01
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Dhaka - At least six people were killed on Thursday after a river ferry capsized in southern Bangladesh with more than 60 people on board, police said.

The boat overturned in Meghna River near Monpura in the coastal Bhola district, nearly 200 kilometres south of Dhaka, during a rainstorm, Hanif Sikder, a senior official of Monpura sub-district, told dpa by phone.

Local fishermen and rescuers from the firefighting department retrieved the bodies of six passengers, including four children, he said.

Members of the coastguard were called in to search for nearly 20 people still missing, he added.

Most passengers of the ferry, which was en route to Monpura from a coastal island, managed to swim ashore with the help of local fishermen, Sikder said.

Ferry capsizes in Bangladesh are common due to lax implementation of regulations and the large number of often unlicensed boats plying the many rivers of the South Asian country.

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