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Rescue workers continue search for survivors of Assam ferry capsize

Dhubri (Assam) , Tue, 01 May 2012 ANI

Dhubri (Assam), May 1 (ANI): Rescue workers continued to search for survivors of the Assam boat capsize tragedy on Tuesday.

It maybe recalled that at least 103 people drowned on Monday night when their overloaded ferry sank in the Brahmaputra River.

There were reportedly 300 people onboard. So far, 40 bodies have been recovetred and about 100 people rescued, said Jayanta Narayan Choudhury, Assam's Director-General of Police.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is expected to address a news conference on Tuesday evening, where he will provide the latest update.

The ferry was mainly carrying farmers and their families when it flipped over during a storm on a one-km (half-mile)-wide stretch of the Brahmaputra River.

Border Security Force (BSF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are engaged in the rescue operation, but the authorities said chances of finding survivors are bleak.

Those rescued have been admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment. (ANI)

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