38 dead as passenger boat capsizes

An overcrowded passenger boat carrying more than 80 people capsized in northern Bangladesh today after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 38 people dead and several missing, police said.

Rescuers recovered 38 bodies from the capsized boat in the Daira river in Kishoreganj district, police Chief Anwar Hossain said. The area is 50 miles north of Dhaka.

All the casualties were from the passenger boat and there was no damage to the ferry.

Police detained the ferry and were questioning its crew, Hossain said.

The accident happened a week after a triple-deck river ferry sank in southern Bangladesh, killing at least 83 people.

Boat accidents, often blamed on overcrowding and lax rules, are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people.

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