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Crews searching for survivors after ferry capsizes

Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Rescue crews continued their search for survivors today after a double-decker passenger ferry capsized late Saturday and sank during a tropical storm in Bangladesh, leaving at least 114 people dead and dozens missing, officials said.

The MV Maharaj was carrying about 200 people when it capsized Saturday night on the Buriganga River just outside the capital, Dhaka.

Rescuers suspended work Sunday night as darkness fell, then found more bodies after resuming efforts today.

“The death toll has increased to 114 after the recovery of 32 new bodies on Monday morning,” said Lt. Commander Mahbubur Rashid, a navy officer supervising the rescue work.

Rashid said more bodies were feared trapped inside the sunken ferry.

The bodies of victims, ranging in age from the elderly to infants, were laid out in neat rows in a nearby field as wailing relatives and survivors walked by to identify them.

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