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The News Minute | February 22, 2015 | 05.20 pm IST

Sixteen bodies have been recovered so far in a ferry accident after it collided with a cargo ship, capsized and sank in a Bangladesh river.

The 16 which included two women and an infant were part of a ferry which was carrying between 70-150 passengers before it capsized in the middle of the Padma river, reported AFP.

Local police chief Rakibuz Zaman also said according to the report that around 50 people swam ashore or were rescued by other vessels.

According to a survivor, who spoke to a local newspaper, a cargo ship hit the boat 15 minutes after its departure causing it to overturn, said the report.

This is the second such incident after at least five people were killed when an overloaded ferry carrying about 200 passengers capsized in the country.

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