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Death Toll in Bangladesh Ferry Accident Rises to 40


Bangladeshi rescuers have pulled out more bodies from a ferry that capsized in stormy weather in the south of the country Sunday, bringing the death toll to at least 40 people.

Officials say that number will most likely rise, as more than 75 others are still missing. They fear many bodies were washed away or are still trapped inside the ferry.

There were more than 150 people on board the ferry, which was registered to carry only 80 passengers.

Hundreds of people crowded the riverbank searching for loved ones and waiting for any information about the fate of their missing relatives.

Ferry accidents claim hundreds of lives every year in Bangladesh, where operators and owners routinely ignore safety regulations. Zahurul Alam has more details on the story.

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