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Nation : Ferry Sinks; At Least 100 Die

From Times wire services

A crowded ferry capsized and sank in the Meghna River in southern Bangladesh and at least 100 people were feared drowned, police said today.

Most of the dead were believed to be women and children.

The ferry Taqdir was carrying about 300 passengers when it sank Tuesday in the river in the Barisal district, about 75 miles south of Dhaka, authorities said.

Most passengers swam to safety, but at least 100 people were believed trapped in the hull and feared drowned. The ferry capsized in swift currents at a bend in the river and sank about 60 feet to the bottom of the river.

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