July 30, 2014

Ferry capsizes in India, 103 dead, more than 100 missing‎

By Sadaf Shinwari - Tue May 01, 4:23 pm

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.

The ferry sank Monday evening as it sailed along the Brahmaputra River in Assam, the state’s home commissioner Jishnu Barua told CNN.

Pritam Saikia the district magistrate of Goalpara district says at least 100 people are still missing after the boat carrying about 350 passengers broke into two pieces late Monday.

Saikia said Tuesday that deep sea divers and disaster rescue soldiers were helping to pull out bodies from the Brahmaputra River near Fakiragram in Assam state.

Despite an operating capacity of 225, some 350 people were believed to be on the two-deck boat when it broke up mid-river in torrential, pre-monsoon rains.

Police said some 150 people were rescued or swam to safety. The ferry carried no lifeboats or lifebelts and the chances of picking up more survivors after a night in the water were remote.

The area is about 350 kilometers (215 miles) west of the state capital, Gauhati, and close to where the river enters Bangladesh. Indian authorities have sought the help of their Bangladeshi counterparts to locate bodies that may have been swept away by the river’s fast current.

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