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Bangladesh ferry capsizes, at least 22 dead

MUNSHIGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) - Rescuers have recovered at least 22 bodies after a ferry capsized during a storm in a river in central Bangladesh, officials said Friday.

Police estimated at least 100 people were still missing, but there was no clear picture about exactly how many people were on board because the ferry operators did not maintain a passenger list, said a local administrator, Saiful Hasan.

Sabuj, a passenger who jumped overboard when the ship began to sink, said he was among some 25 people who managed to swim to safety.

He said the captain of the double-decker ferry ignored the passengers' calls to stay close to the shore as the storm started brewing.

"But he continued to steer the ship" out into the water, said Sabuj, who uses one name.

Relatives of the missing and the dead were gathering near the Meghna River, near where the boat capsized Thursday afternoon in Munshiganj district. Several recovered bodies, covered in cloth, were on the banks of the river, according to television footage.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation, because of overcrowding, faulty vessels and lax rules.

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Joy May 16 2014 at 2:48 AM

If I were traveling in the Far East, I wouldn't travel on a ferry to see God almighty himself!!

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yomkippur888 May 16 2014 at 3:07 AM

Its time people in all these countries stopped patronizing these death buckets and began attacking government officials. Any country that has dirty streets, slums, no public toilets, dirty water, unseaworthy and un roadworthy craft in operation is clearly a corrupt country. People who pay taxes or at least who are by law required to lodge tax returns have to question where the money for these services end up. Clearly not in the services. They should begin from ground zero all over again.

It is not difficult in Bangladesh to lynch politicians. They are far and few whilst the poor make up hundreds of millions. It will be an hours operation to get change.

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