INDIA - A Ferry tragedy with 350 passengers aboard sank - 40 dead for now

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The tragedy in a river today. There was a storm.
In Assam state a ferry sank in the Brahmaputra river.
More than a hundred people were feared killed in the boat tragedy.
“The steamer was travelling with about 350 people on board when it capsized mid-stream in the Brahmaputra following a storm,” P.C. Haloi, police chief of Dhubri district, told AFP by phone.
Witnesses informed that they saw victims being swept away by the waters.
The ferry was on its course from Dhubri to the adjoining district of Fakirganjan when the incident happened in afternoon in the middle of fast currents.
Rescue team rushed to the site and weren't able to find survivors, but darkness and the storm were hampering rescue efforts.
Dhubri is some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Guwahati, Assam’s biggest city.
There were on board women and children among those in the boat, which was carrying farmers, fishermen and local people.
Ferries are a good form of transport in India’s rural area and incidents are common as a result of breaking the rules for safety and overloading.
“Army, Border Security Force and other rescue units with mechanised ships have moved to the site but the darkness and the storm are hampering rescue efforts,”
Singh told in a statement that he was “shocked and grieved to know about the loss of lives” and called it a “tragedy.”
He told he had given instructions “for all possible assistance to the government of Assam in relief operations and also for assistance from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the families of the deceased.”