Three die as ferry sinks in Bangladesh

Indo Asian News Service

Dhaka, March 28 (IANS) At least three women were killed and dozens went missing when a ferry capsized in Panguchi river in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The overloaded ferry, with around 40-50 passengers, sank in Bagerhat district, 178 km from here, Xinhua news agency quoted Fire Service and Civil Defence officer Masud Sarder as saying.

Sarder said a search for the missing persons was under way. Many of the passengers managed to swim ashore after the capsize.

Ferry and boat disasters are common in Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by about 250 rivers.

--IANS

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