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Ferry with 100 aboard capsizes in Bangladesh

Friday - 2/8/2013, 1:30am  ET

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A ferry packed with about 100 people capsized Friday in a river in central Bangladesh after colliding with another boat, police and news reports said.

Police said there were no immediate reports of casualties after the ferry, MV Sarash, went down on the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Dhaka.

The private television station Channel-I said local villagers rescued more than 40 people after the accident. Several other people were able to swim to shore, the report said.

The ferry was on a local run from Narayanganj city to Matlab in the south.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 153 million people.


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