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At Least 70 People Dead In Bangladesh After Ferry Sinks

The ferry collided with another boat in Bangladesh's central river on Sunday. By early Monday, 50 people had been rescued and crews were searching for more survivors.

Last updated on February 23, 2015, at 6:59 a.m. ET

Posted on February 22, 2015, at 9:21 p.m. ET

The death toll has risen to 70 people, according to the Associated Press:

A local government administrator, Rasheda Ferdousi, said they would continue to monitor the river around the accident site as there were still "some missing." But he would not give an exact figure for the missing.

"Our people are using boats to survey the river for any dead bodies. But here at the scene we are calling off the search as there are no more bodies inside the ferry," Ferdousi said.

A ferry carrying up to 150 people crashed into another boat in Bangladesh on Sunday, leaving at least 66 people dead, Reuters reported.

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By Monday morning local time, 50 people had been rescued or swam to safety, and crews were looking for other survivors, Reuters reported. The ferry sunk after the collision, and crews were also still examining the wreckage.

Many of the victims were women and children, authorities told Reuters. The captain of the ship that struck the ferry and two crew members have been arrested.

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The deadly crash took place northwest of Dhaka on the Padma River, not far from the ferry terminal, the Daily Star reported.

Authorities were still working to identify many of the dead and missing.
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Authorities were still working to identify many of the dead and missing.

It was the second deadly ferry accident in two weeks in Bangladesh.

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Ferries are often overcrowded in Bangladesh, which is home to many waterways. In August, more than 100 people died when a ferry carrying almost twice its capacity sunk.

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