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Boat capsize kills 11 in Bangladesh

At least 11 people, including nine children, drowned and six others were missing after an overloaded motorboat capsized in northeastern Bangladesh, police said on Thursday.

world Updated: May 13, 2010 20:35 IST

At least 11 people, including nine children, drowned and six others were missing after an overloaded motorboat capsized in northeastern Bangladesh, police said on Thursday.

"The fire service divers and local people retrieved bodies of 11 – nine of them are minor children and two are women – along with the capsized boat," officer-in-charge of the local police station in Kishorganj, Subrata Kumar Saha, said.

He said two children, two women and two elderly men were still missing "but we fear they are dead by now", nearly a day after the boat carrying 100 people went down in the Dhaleshwari river.

"Most of the passengers, however, managed to swim ashore after the accident," Saha said.

Quoting survivors and villagers who joined the salvage campaign, local media said nearly a dozen more people remained untraced, despite the official claim of six.

Both the police and local sources said overloading of passengers apparently caused the accident.