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At Least 70 People Dead In Bangladesh After Ferry Sinks

The ferry collided with another boat in Bangladesh's central river on Sunday. By early Monday, 50 people had been rescued and crews were searching for more survivors.

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The death toll has risen to 70 people, according to the Associated Press:

A local government administrator, Rasheda Ferdousi, said they would continue to monitor the river around the accident site as there were still "some missing." But he would not give an exact figure for the missing.

"Our people are using boats to survey the river for any dead bodies. But here at the scene we are calling off the search as there are no more bodies inside the ferry," Ferdousi said.

By Monday morning local time, 50 people had been rescued or swam to safety, and crews were looking for other survivors, Reuters reported. The ferry sunk after the collision, and crews were also still examining the wreckage.

Ferries are often overcrowded in Bangladesh, which is home to many waterways. In August, more than 100 people died when a ferry carrying almost twice its capacity sunk.

Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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