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Bangladesh Ferry Capsizes While Carrying Hundreds of Passengers

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Bangladeshis, holding photographs of their loved ones, mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj, some 20 miles south of the capital Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 Aug 2014 05:22 PM

A ferry in Bangladesh capsized Monday, sending as many as 250 people into river waters, with many missing and presumed dead.

Because Bangladesh’s ferries don’t have passenger manifests, media reports put the number of passengers between 200 and 250. Forty-four people escaped to swim to shore, The Associated Press said.

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Reuters reported that rescue boats picked up about 100 people and indicated that as many as 100 could still be missing.

“The ferry went out of control due to wind and current, tilting from one side to the other," Azizul Haque, one of those who was able to swim ashore, told the AP. “Then the captain jumped out because he probably understood it was sinking. The river was rough, and there were many passengers on board."

Relatives holding pictures of their loved ones gathered on shore awaiting news as rescue boats searched for survivors.

“Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, has an appalling record of ferry accidents, with casualties sometimes running into the hundreds,” Reuters said.

Many of the people on board were returning to their homes after celebrating the end of Ramadan, onlookers told Reuters.

"One woman swam nearly to shore and was picked up by a speedboat," Jasim Uddin told AP. "She was crying, saying she has two daughters. It was panic. Everyone was praying to God."

Uddin was not on the ferry, but saw it capsize and recorded the incident on his cell phone.

The Wall Street Journal reported that rescued passengers said the ferry was overloaded.

"People were panicking and screaming," WSJ quoted Khokon Mia, a survivor, on Somoy TV. "There were no life jackets or life boats. I was floating in the water. Some people in a speed boat came and rescued me."

In May, another ferry capsized in Bangladesh and killed about 50 people out of approximately 200 on board, Reuters said.

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