Indian Ferry Sinks in River Storm

Bangkok Post
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Around 40 were dead and 160 missing when the overcrowded Indian ferry sank

The Bangkok Post newspaper reports that around 40 people were dead and 160 missing after an overcrowded passenger ferry with 350 people aboard split into two and sank in a river in northeast India in a storm.

 

"There were about 350 people on board when a storm split the steamer into two and so far we have recovered about 40 bodies and an estimated 150 people were either rescued or swam to safety,'' Assam police chief J.N. Choudhury said.

Divers and rescue workers with rubber rafts scoured the Brahmaputra River early Tuesday in the search for survivors amid the floating debris, which was all that remained of the ferry.

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