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Bangladesh Calls Off Rescue Operations in 3 Ferry Disasters


Bangladeshi officials say the death toll from three boat accidents over the past week has surpassed 140, with more than 160 passengers still missing. Rescuers have abandoned efforts to pull the vessels out of water due to strong currents and bad weather.

Last Sunday, at least 60 people drowned, and 30 are still missing, after a crowded passenger ferry sank during a storm south of the capital, Dhaka. Two days later, a ferry with about 200 people on board capsized in bad weather west of Dhaka, killing at least 50 people. More than 100 are still missing.

On Thursday, a trawler went down in the southern Meghna river. Officials say at least 60 people were rescued, but at least 32 people are believed to have drowned.

Amir Khasru has more on the story.

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