Bangladesh ferry capsizes with 200 passengers aboard; 12 bodies found

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A Bangladeshi river ferry with around 200 passengers on board capsized in a storm on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, and a rescue diver said he had seen more bodies inside the wreck.Police said some 40 people had swum ashore as the M.V. Miraj-4 capsized in high winds and rain on the Meghna river near the capital Dhaka. Most of the passengers were city workers and students heading home for the weekend beginning on Friday.”We fear there will be more bodies inside the vessel and we cannot be sure of the number of passengers (on board),” Saiful Hassan Badal, Deputy Commissioner of Munshiganj district, told Reuters by telephone from the scene.Bangladesh has a history of ferry disasters, with casualties sometimes running into hundreds due to overcrowding and lack of enforcement of safety standards such as numbers of lifeboats.

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