Bangladeshi rescue workers retrieve a body from a capsized ferry on the river Meghna in Munshiganj district, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Dhaka on May 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN
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Rescuers have recovered at least 29 bodies a day after a ferry capsized in a river during a storm in central Bangladesh and police estimate at least 100 others were missing, officials said Friday.A salvage ship failed to pull out the ferry as strong currents in the 18-meters- (60-feet-) deep water brought huge volumes of sand, which was covering the vessel.Sabuj, a passenger who jumped overboard when the ship began to sink, said he was among some 25 people who managed to swim to safety.Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation crisscrossed by more than 230 rivers, because of overcrowding, faulty vessels and lax rules.In 2012, at least 150 people died in the same district when a ferry carrying about 200 people capsized at night.
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