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31 dead, dozens missing after Bangladesh ferry sinks

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A ferry packed with about 200 people capsized in a river in southern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing 31 people and leaving dozens more missing, authorities said.

Local police chief Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan said about 35 people were rescued after the ferry sank on the Meghna River after colliding with a cargo boat early in the morning. Divers have recovered 31 bodies from inside the sunken ferry, he said.

He said the dead included a young woman found cradling her baby’s lifeless body.

“The death toll is likely to rise as more bodies are feared trapped inside,” Khan said. “We will get a better picture of the casualties once the sunken ferry is pulled out of the water.”

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