Rescue launched after ferry sinks

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Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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A rescue operation is under way after a river ferry carrying around 100 passengers capsized and sank in central Bangladesh.

The ferry was reportedly hit by a cargo vessel at a crossing on the Padma River, said fire department official Shahzadi Begum.

It was not immediately clear how many people survived or are missing. The site is 25 miles north-west of the capital, Dhaka.

Mr Begum said rescue teams were deployed and passing boats were helping in the operation.

Inspector Zihad Mia, who is overseeing the rescue, said the ferry was submerged at a depth of up to 20ft.

“We have not recovered any dead body, and we don’t have a clear picture about how many were exactly in the ferry when it sank,” he said. “But I think many have survived.”

He said divers would be deployed to determine the exact position of the ferry.

“We are trying to gather details from the survivors,” he said.

The Padma is one of the largest rivers in the delta nation, which is crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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