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32 dead after boat capsizes in Bangladesh

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • 32 people are dead and many more are missing, state news reports
  • The passenger boat reportedly sinks after being hit by a sand-laden vessel
  • Rescue operations are ongoing

(CNN) -- At least 32 people are dead and many more are missing after a passenger boat capsized on a river in northeastern Bangladesh, the country's news agency reported on Saturday.

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) reported that 16 women, 11 boys and five girls were killed in the accident that happened on the Surma River in Sunamganj district. The boat sunk after it was hit by a sand-laden vessel that was traveling in the opposite direction at around 8:30 p.m. local time, the agency said, citing local residents.

Rescue operations are ongoing, Superintendent of Police Golam Kibria told BSS.