Dozens of people have died after a passenger ferry struck a cargo ship in Bangladesh.

At least 26 have perished and more are feared to have lost their lives after the collision in the Shitalakhsya River south of the capital Dhaka.

The ferry carrying 50 passengers collided with the vessel and sank on Sunday leaving scores dead and several passengers still missing, officials said.

Twenty one bodies had been recovered on Monday. The ferry sank just after it departed from the industrial Narayanganj district about 12 miles from Dhaka bound for Munshiganj, Narayanganj district administrator Mustain Billah said.

“Most of the bodies were found inside the sunken boat after it was dragged to the bank,” he said, adding a few still could be missing.

Police and officials said some of the passengers managed to swim ashore.

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By editor2