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India Ferry Accident Kills 50


Relatives of a passenger grieve beside the dead body, recovered after an overcrowded ferry capsized near Ghoramara, in Sundarbans Island some 120 Kms (75 miles) south of Kolkata, 30 Oct 2010

Relatives of a passenger grieve beside the dead body, recovered after an overcrowded ferry capsized near Ghoramara, in Sundarbans Island some 120 Kms (75 miles) south of Kolkata, 30 Oct 2010

Indian search teams have recovered at least 50 bodies in the eastern state of West Bengal where an overcrowded ferry capsized.

Officials say more than 100 people were on the ferry when it overturned Saturday in a turbulent river near the Bay of Bengal.

Dozens of passengers have been rescued, but others are still missing.

Officials say most of the passengers were Muslims returning to the town of Kakdwip after attending a religious festival.

Authorities say the boat's maximum capacity was 60 people.

Boating accidents are common in India, where vessels are often overloaded and safety standards are poor.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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