BBC Home > BBC News > South Asia

Bangladesh ferry sinks - at least 46 are dead

4 December 09 11:08 GMT

A river ferry has capsized and sunk in Bangladesh, killing at least 46 people - the second such incident in a week.

Half of the victims of the latest accident were children, and most of the rest were women.

The boat they were travelling on collided with another vessel on the Daira river, about 100km (62 miles) north of the capital Dhaka.

According to police, the boats struck each other on a bend in the river in foggy conditions.

As many as 100 people were travelling on the vessel which sank and it is feared the number of dead will rise.

Rescue operations are continuing.

The BBC correspondent in Dhaka says ferry accidents are fairly common on Bangladesh's vast river network. Last week more than 80 people drowned when an overcrowded ferry capsized.

Related BBC sites