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Overloaded Indian Ferry Capsizes, 19 Dead


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

officials are searching for survivors in a turbulent river from a ferry that capsized and killed at least 20 people.

Officials say more than 100 people were on the ferry when it overturned Saturday in a river in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Officials say about 50 passengers have been rescued and sent to the hospital. Dozens of others were missing.

Authorities say the boat's maximum capacity was 60 people, but it was badly overloaded.

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

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

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