38 dead as ferry capsizes


An overcrowded ferry carrying nearly 100 passengers sank in a Bangladesh river today after colliding with a motor launch, killing at least 38 people just a week after another ferry disaster killed 87.

The ferry sank near Kishoreganj, about 150 km east of the capital Dhaka, police said.

Ferry incidents kill hundreds of people in Bangladesh every year, usually caused by overcrowding and poor supervision and law enforcement.

Bangladesh has called off efforts to salvage a ferry that sank with nearly 1,500 people in a river along the country's south coast last Friday after rescuers found 87 bodies with dozens still missing.