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Dozens missing after sinking of Bangladesh ferry

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A man reacts near the scene of a rescue operation to retrieve drowned passengers after a ferry accident in Munshigong, Bangladesh on March 13, 2012.

Reuters reports from Dhaka — A ferry carrying more than 250 passengers sank in a south Bangladesh river on Tuesday after colliding with a barge, and at least 150 people are still missing, police and witnesses said.

The accident occurred on the Meghna river in Munshiganj district, some 31 miles south of the capital.

Mohammad Azizul Alam, deputy commissioner for the district, said the Dhaka-bound ferry, the MV Shariatpur-1, was hit by the oil-laden barge early in the morning.

At least 50 people managed to swim ashore from the sunken vessel, and a search is being conducted for the rest of the passengers. Click here for the latest updates.

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A rescue operation underway to recover passengers after a ferry accident in Munshigong on March 13, 2012.

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A rescue worker in scuba diving gear recovers the body of a drowned passenger after a ferry accident in Munshigong on March 13, 2012.