Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision, 16 bodies found so far

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Posted: Feb 22, 2015 2:13 AM

By Serajul Quadir

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 16 people died in Bangladesh on Sunday when a passenger ferry capsized after colliding with a trawler on the river Padma with more than 100 people aboard, police said.

Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers and were still searching for more survivors, regional police official Bidhan Tripura told Reuters.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, suffers regular ferry disasters, with deaths sometimes running into the hundreds.

The 16 bodies retrieved so far from the water include a baby, Tripura said. Police have seized the trawler and arrested two of its crew, he said.

Another police team, assisted by firemen and the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority, is trying to salvage the ferry, he said.

The ferry was heading to Paturia from Daulatdia in Rajbari, located on the opposite bank of the river and 136 km (85 miles)northwest of Dhaka.

A similar accident on February 13 killed at least seven passengers in southern Bangladesh.

(Reporting by Serajul Quadir; Editing by Nick Macfie and Raissa Kasolowsky)