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Bangladesh ferry death toll rises

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Officials in Bangladesh say that at least 140 people are now known to have died in Tuesday’s ferry sinking in the country’s Meghna river.

The vessel was reportedly carrying more than 200 people onboard.

Authorities say 35 people swam to shore, while dozens remain unaccounted for.

The boat’s operators did not collect a list of passengers. They said it is impossible to give the exact number of people onboard at the time.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh. They are often blamed on overcrowding, faulty vessels and lax rules.