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Indian ferry incident claims 105 lives, scores missing

 
 
 
 
 
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An overcrowded passenger ferry in India.

At least 105 people have been confirmed dead and another 100 are missing after an overcrowded ferry split in half and sunk in northeastern India.

The passenger ferry sunk on Monday during a storm in the Brahmaputra River in the country’s Assam state, AFP reported.

“There were about 350 people on board when a storm split the steamer into two,” Assam state police chief J.N. Choudhury said.

Reports indicate that about another 150 people were rescued or made it to safety.

Police and paramilitary soldiers have been sent to the area to help with rescue efforts.

The ferry was on its way from Dhubri, around 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Assam’s largest city Guwahati, to Fakirganj.

Last October, nearly 80 people died when an overcrowded boat sank in the eastern state of West Bangal.

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