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100 still missing after India ferry disaster


Villagers along with Border Security Force (BSF) personnel engaged in a rescue operation for a capsized ferry at the Brahmaputra River in Bura-Buri village in Goalpara district in Assam, India, on May 1, 2012.

The Associated Press reports — Army divers and rescue workers pulled 103 bodies out of a river after a packed ferry capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeast India, an official said Tuesday.

At least 100 people were still missing Tuesday after the ferry carrying about 350 people broke into two pieces late Monday, said Pritam Saikia, the district magistrate of Goalpara district.

Deep sea divers and disaster rescue soldiers worked through the night to pull bodies from the Brahmaputra River in Assam state. Rescue operations were centered around the tiny village of Buraburi near the India-Bangladesh border. Read the full story.


Divers and rescue workers stepped up the search for survivors on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The double-decked ferry was carrying approximately 300 passengers when it capsized during a storm in the western district of Dhubri on Monday evening. Some 100 people swam to safety or were rescued.


A villager watches the rescue operation from the top of a banana tree on the bank of the Brahmaputra River.

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Relatives mourn alongside the bodies of victims of the ferry disaster on May 1, 2012. Indian authorities said that some bodies might have been washed downstream into Bangladesh.