Dozens die in Bangladeshi ferry mishap

A FERRY has capsized in central Bangladesh, killing at least 33 people including a young baby.

The ferry, carrying about 100 people aboard, collided with a trawler on the river Padma about 40km (25 miles) north-west of the capital Dhaka.

At least 50 passengers managed to swim to shore or were saved, officials said, with rescue efforts ongoing.

Accidents are common on Bangladesh’s river network, with overcrowding and poor boat quality often to blame.

The death toll was expected to rise on Sunday as rescue divers searched the water, police official Bidhan Tripura told Reuters news agency.

Police have seized the trawler and arrested two of its crew, Mr Tripura said.

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