At least 37 killed, 150 missing in Bangladesh ferry accident
A Bangladesh ferry sank during a tropical storm overnight, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing, rescue officials said Sunday.
The double-deck M.V. Maharaj was carrying about 200 people when it capsized on Saturday night in the Buriganga River.
"We have so far found 37 bodies and rescuers were looking for dozens still missing," said Mahbubur Rahman, a government administrator in the area. "The accident happened in darkness and it's still unclear how many people died or survived."
He said many passengers were rescued by villagers and fishing boats.
The ferry was traveling from Dhaka to the eastern town of Chandpur when gusty winds struck it. It went down near the town of Pagla outside Dhaka.
Thousands of people gathered on the banks of the river to look for their loved ones while authorities have ordered an investigation into the accident.