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May 22, 2004, 11:28 PM
DHAKA, Bangladesh - A river ferry with about 250 passengers aboard capsized in eastern Bangladesh early Sunday, police said, and dozens of people were feared dead.

About 50 people swam to shore and rescuers have found eight bodies so far, a police official said on condition of anonymity.

The double-decker ferry went down in the Meghna River about 40 miles east of the capital, Dhaka.

Ferry accidents are common in this South Asian nation, which is crisscrossed by rivers.

Source: Yahoo News (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=516&e=2&u=/ap/20040523/ap_on_re_as/bangladesh_ferry_capsize)

May 22, 2004, 11:52 PM
Here is the BBC Report (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3739597.stm).

Storm sinks ferry in Bangladesh


A ferry carrying more than 200 passengers has sunk in Bangladesh, said officials and police.
The double-decker ferry sank during a heavy storm in the Meghna river near Chandpur, 170km (106 miles) south of the capital Dhaka.

It had been sailing to Dhaka from the southern Madaripur area.

There were unconfirmed reports that seven bodies had been retrieved, and others that 27 people had swum to safety.

[Edited on 23-5-2004 by abhs]