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Deaths rise in Bangladesh ferry disaster

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: About 10 to 15 people missing and feared dead
  • Boat capsized as passengers weighted down one side to disembark, police say
  • Boat had capacity of 1,500, but 2,000 people onboard
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(CNN) -- The death toll climbed to 72 in the capsizing of an overloaded ferry in southern Bangladesh as a search continued, police said Monday.

The victims included 31 children, said Nazrul Islam, police chief of Bangladesh's Bhola district, where the accident happened Friday.

About 10 to 15 people were missing and feared dead.

The boat had a capacity of 1,500, but was crammed with about 2,000 people who were traveling from the capital, Dhaka, to their homes in Bhola for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

The boat toppled as passengers weighted down one side to disembark, Islam said.

Police and firefighters rushed to help passengers, many of whom were trapped in the lower deck.

CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh contributed to this report