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Bangladesh Death Toll At Least 50 in Ferry Sinking

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Rescue workers in Bangladesh say the death toll has now risen to at least 50 in Tuesday's sinking of a Padma River ferry, 100 kilometers west of the capital, Dhaka. While 50 people were rescued during the storm that doomed the ferry, many are still missing. Authorities say at least 200 people were aboard the ferry when it went down. Strong river currents and stormy weather have hampered attempts to retrieve bodies trapped on the ferry. Attempts to pull it closer to shore have failed, because part of the craft has been covered by river sediment. Hundreds of relatives gathered on the riverbank have expressed anger over the slow pace of recovery efforts. Last Sunday, 60 people were killed when another overcrowded ferry sank in southern Bangladesh. The country's frequent ferry accidents are blamed on unfit ships, bad design and lax rule enforcement.
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