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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Second ferry sinks in Bangladesh
Dozens of people are missing in Bangladesh after the sinking of a second ferry in three days, police say.

The twin-deck ferry was carrying more than 100 people when it capsized in a storm west of Dhaka, police said. Local people say it was carrying many more.

About 20 people are said to have survived the latest disaster.

On Sunday, an overcrowded ferry went down in the southern district of Patuakhali. Nearly 60 people died and 20 others are still missing.

Ferry accidents kill scores of people every year in Bangladesh.


The BBC's Qadir Kallol says that so far one body has been recovered and at least 50 are missing, although it is difficult to get reliable figures as to how many people were on board.

Relatives gather on the bank near the ferry disaster
Relatives say they will remain at the scene of the first disaster

Our correspondent says the accident happened on the Jamuna river which becomes fast-flowing at this time of the year.

The ferry was on its way to the Aricha terminal from neighbouring Pabna district when it capsized.

Police have meanwhile filed a case against the owners of the ferry that sank on Sunday with the loss of nearly 60 people.

"The case has been registered against them for overloading and running the ferry in dangerous weather conditions," district police chief Shafiqul Islam told the AFP news agency.

"The owners... have gone missing but they will be arrested and prosecuted."

Hundreds of distraught relatives of the missing passengers are still waiting on the river banks after last weekend's accident, with some saying they would remain there until their loved ones are found.

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