Dozens of people are feared to have drowned after a river ferry carrying 200 people capsized in Bangladesh.

The Pinak-6 ferry overturned in rough monsoon conditions on the River Padma, around 30km southwest of the capital Dhaka, and the boat was soon fully submerged

Rescue divers are on the scene, and 50 people are reported to have been rescued so far.

River ferries are the main form of transport for many Bangladeshis living in rural areas, but the boats are often overcrowded and are old with poor safety records. Scores of people die in similar accidents on the rivers each year.



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