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At least 39 people killed and 72 injured in Bangladesh ferry fire

A fire on-board a ferry has killed at least 39 people and injured 72 in Bangladesh, officials have said.

The blaze broke out at about 3am local time on Friday.

It tore through the MV Avijan-10 ferry sailing off the coast of Bangladesh‘s Jhalokati district in the Sugandha River.

The boat was carrying 800 passengers from the capital Dhaka 155 miles (249km) south to Barguna, the United News of Bangladesh news agency said.

Fire officer Fazlul Haque said rescuers had recovered 39 bodies and rescued 72 injured passengers so far.

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A burnt passenger ferry is seen anchored off the coast of Jhalokati district on the Sugandha River in Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Bangladesh fire services say at least 37 passengers have been killed and many others injured in a massive fire that swept through a ferry on the southern Sugandha River. The blaze broke out around 3 a.m. Friday on the ferry packed with 800 passengers. 
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So far 37 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage

The rescue mission is ongoing, but he warned the number of dead is likely to increase after people jumped into the water to escape the flames.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, which is home to 130 major rivers, and are often blamed on overcrowding.

Ferries are widely used as a form of public transport, particularly in the south and northeastern areas of the country.

In April this year, 25 passengers died after a ferry collided with another boat and capsized near Dhaka.

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