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Strong Currents Hamper Rescue Efforts in Bangladesh

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Rescue workers in Bangladesh fought high waves and strong currents Tuesday in their search for the wreckage of a ferry that capsized with more than 200 passengers on board.

Officials said Tuesday more than 100 people are still missing and feared dead from Monday’s accident on the Padma river, in central Bangladesh.

In the hours after the ferry capsized, local residents in fishing trawlers and speedboats tried to reach the site but had to turn back.

Scores of people die in ferry accidents every year in Bangladesh, where boats are a common form of transportation. The Padma is one of the largest rivers in the delta nation, which is crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.

Poor safety standards and overcrowding are often blamed for the accidents. In May, about 50 people died in a ferry accident in the same district.