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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 March, 2003, 09:12 GMT
Four killed as ferry sinks
Four people have died after a ferry with more than 150 passengers on board sank in stormy weather off the coast of Bangladesh.

Two people are still missing.

A senior government official, Mohammad Shahjahan, told the BBC that between 25 and 30 people had been able to reach the shore.

One body was recovered hours after the vessel capsized but bad weather and poor light hampered further search efforts.

Three more bodies were recovered later when the ferry was pulled out of water on Sunday.

Progress

The ferry which, was heading from the district of Bhola to Barisal, was about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Bhola when a storm began.

Mr Shahjahan said a search vessel was on its way to the scene but that operations were unlikely to make any serious progress until daylight.

Ferry accidents are a regular occurrence in Bangladesh and the region often experiences storms at this time of the year.

Last year, a major ferry accident in Bangladesh claimed almost 500 lives.


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The BBC's Alistair Lawson
"Many were trapped on board the boat when it sank"




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