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Boat crash kills 47

world Updated: Dec 05, 2009 00:37 IST

At least 47 people, mostly women and children, were killed on when a ferry carrying 90 passengers capsized and sank on Darai river in Bangladesh’s northeastern Kishorganj district, the second major ferry tragedy in the country in a week, officials said.

“The fire service divers joined by local people retrieved some 47 bodies after hours of search till this evening, Anwar Hossain, the acting police chief of Kishorganj told PTI.

He said the ferry collided head-on with a launch on Darai river in Fulpur area in Kishorganj district, around 100 kilometres north of the capital.

Though the exact number of passengers was unclear, it is estimated that about 90 passengers were on board when the vessel capsized. He said the 47 victims included 17 women and 22 children as the boat went under 30-feet water.

Hossain said the rescue operation was called off as the divers confirmed that no more body were inside the capsized boat. However, he admitted that several people remained missing though most passengers were believed to have swam ashore.

He said the boat was reportedly carrying nearly 90 passengers and was plying on a local route on the Darai river, a tributary of the Meghna river.

The authorities were questioning the crew of the ferry.

The tragedy comes as the toll in last Friday’s ferry accident in southwestern Bhola district rose to 86.