Death toll rises to 33 in Bangladesh ferry sinking

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Posted: Apr 22, 2011 6:15 AM
Death toll rises to 33 in Bangladesh ferry sinking

Searchers found more bodies Friday after a ferry sank on a river in Bangladesh, raising the death toll to 33, an official said.

Local government administrator Helal Uddin said the boat was salvaged and five bodies were recovered after the search resumed Friday.

The ferry carrying about 100 passengers sank Thursday in the River Meghna in Brahmanbaria, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the capital, Dhaka. It apparently capsized after hitting the wreckage of a sunken boat.

The bodies of 28 people were found before the search stopped overnight.

Many survivors swam ashore after the accident, and the number of missing was uncertain.

Uddin would not specify any number for the missing and just said "several" remained untraced.

Local media reports said up to 30 people were unaccounted for Friday.

Ferry accidents in the delta nation of 150 million people are common because of overcrowding and lax enforcement of rules.