Bangladesh boat accident kills 46

An overcrowded passenger boat carrying more than 80 people capsized in northern Bangladesh on Friday after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead, police said.

An overcrowded passenger boat carrying more than 80 people capsized in northern Bangladesh on Friday after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead, police said.

Rescuers recovered 46 bodies from the capsized boat in the Daira River in Kishoreganj district, local police Chief Anwar Hossain said. The area is 80 kilometres north of Dhaka.

Hossain said earlier that 47 people had died, but he later changed the casualty figure. So far, the bodies of 17 children, 22 women and seven men have been recovered.

All the casualties were from the passenger boat and there was no damage to the ferry, Hossain said by phone from the site of the accident.

Rescuers had thought earlier that there were still some passengers missing, but they found no more bodies by Friday evening when the search was called off.

Some passengers managed to swim to safety, while several others were rescued by villagers, Hossain said.

Police detained the ferry and were questioning its crew.

The accident occurred 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.