At Least 13 Dead in as Ferry Sinks in Bangladesh

8 June 2010 (Last Updated June 8th, 2010 18:30)

Up to 16 people, including 13 children, are feared dead after a river ferry capsized in Bangladesh on 8 June. The bodies of six schoolgirls, four small children and three women have been recovered with three more schoolgirls missing and presumed drowned, according to Agence France Press

Up to 16 people, including 13 children, are feared dead after a river ferry capsized in Bangladesh on 8 June.

The bodies of six schoolgirls, four small children and three women have been recovered with three more schoolgirls missing and presumed drowned, according to Agence France Presse.

The ferry capesized in the Sunamganj district, 140km north of the capital Dhaka, according to district administrator Kamrul Alam.

According to Bangladeshi officials, between 60 and 70 passengers were on the ferry including 40 children on their way to school.

It is believed the ferry was severely overcrowded.