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Third Boat in Less Than a Week Capsizes in Bangladesh

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Police in Bangladesh say yet another boat -- this time a trawler with more than 100 people on board -- has capsized in stormy weather -- in the third such incident since Sunday. Local authorities say the wooden fishing boat went down in the turbulent Meghna river in the coastal Bhola district, some 105 kilometers south of the capital, Dhaka. Officials say at least 60 people managed to swim ashore or were rescued by passing boats.

Thursday' accident came two days after a ferry with more than 200 passengers sank west of Dhaka, killing at least 32 people. Four days ago, another overcrowded ferry capsized in southern Bangladesh, killing at least 60 people. Dozens of people from both accidents remain missing and are feared dead. Details of the rescue operation of the previous ferry is given by our reporter , Zahurul Alam

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