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Passenger Boat Capsizes in Bangladesh, Kills 47


An overcrowded passenger boat has sunk in northeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 47 people, in the second deadly boat accident in a week.

Police say the ferry collided with another boat on Friday morning, causing it to capsize and sink. The ferry was carrying around 100 passengers on the Daira river near Kishoreganj, around 100 kilomesters northeast of the capital, Dhaka. Lax safety regulations and overcrowding lead to frequent boating accidents in Bangladesh, killing hundreds every year.

Eighty-three people were killed last Friday in a separate accident when a triple-decker ferry sank on the Tetulia River, near the town of Nazirpur on Bhola island. That ferry was reported to have had a capacity of 650 passengers, but officials say there were more than 1,500 people on board.

Zahurul Alam has more on the story.

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