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Indian ferry capsizes; hundreds missing and feared dead

In Dhubri, an Assam town near the northern border of Bangladesh, the an overcrowded double-decker ferry capsized.

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A ferry capsized in a severe storm in Dhubri, India on Tuesday, with 103 dead and scores missing, according to the Associated Press

The search for survivors has resumed following a pause, wrote Voice of America

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Dhubri is a river town on the Bhramaputra near the northern border with Bangladesh. Indian forces have asked Bangladeshi forces to "check on their side of the river for both survivors and bodies," wrote the Times of India.

Scuba divers and helicopters were deployed to help find survivors, but at least 100 are still missing. "Locals along the India-Bangladesh border claimed that some bodies were washed downstream by the swift currents."

The AP wrote that the boat split into two pieces, dumping its over 300 passengers into the swift-moving river. Roughly 150 passengers swam to safety.

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"Hundreds of anxious people, many weeping, waited for hours near Buraburi, looking for their loved ones," wrote the news wire. 

The New York Times wrote that India is already beginning the process of reclaiming the bodies of those swept across the Bangladeshi border. "“This is the most tragic incident,” Tarun Gogoi, chief minister of Assam, told the paper.

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