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June 9, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Ferry Sinks in Storm in Northeastern Bangladesh

Authorities say that a boat packed with passengers sank in northeastern Bangladesh on Tuesday after being caught in a storm, leaving 12 people dead, including 10 children. The ferry was making a 2-mile (3-kilometre) trip between villages on a lake in the Sunamganj District.


Ferries are often overloaded in Bangladesh. Image: AFP


The ferry accident occurred about 85 miles (140 km) north of the capital, Dhaka. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0

Officials say the ferry capsized in the storms and 9 people are still missing. Most of the passengers are thought to be women and school children. More than two dozen people were rescued or ended up swimming to safety. Rainstorms are pretty typical in Bangladesh, but unfortunately, this isn’t the only ferry tragedy over the past several months. Last November, 118 people were killed in two ferry accidents in Bangladesh within a week. Accidents like this are actually fairly common in Bangladesh due to poor safety standards and overloading.

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