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Bangladesh rescue workers find 18 bodies after ferry capsizes

Bangladeshi rescue workers have recovered 18 bodies since an overcrowded ferry capsized on Wednesday under the weight of a collapsing river bank, police said on Thursday.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2016 13:04 IST
Rescue workers look for survivors after a ferry sank in Barisal, Bangladesh, on Wednesday.
Rescue workers look for survivors after a ferry sank in Barisal, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. (REUTERS)

Bangladeshi rescue workers have recovered 18 bodies since an overcrowded ferry capsized on Wednesday under the weight of a collapsing river bank, police said on Thursday.

Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds.

Overcrowding is a common factor but little is done to improve safety even though the government continually vows to toughen regulations.

The accident happened in the southern district of Barisal.