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Dhaka: A Bangladeshi ferry with around 200 passengers on board capsized in a river near the capital Dhaka on Thursday, with police reporting that at least six bodies had been recovered with a rescue vessel still on the way to the site.

The M.V. Miraj-4 ferry capsized in stormy weather in the Meghna river at Rasulpur in Munshiganj district, 27km from Dhaka. The accident occurred at around 3:30pm (0930 GMT). The ferry had been going to Shariatpur from Dhaka.

“We are heading to the spot with a rescue team," said Saiful Hassan Badal, deputy commissioner of Munshiganj district told Reuters. He said the navy and coast guard were sending rescue teams and a ship had been sent from Dhaka.

So far six bodies had been recovered, including that of a child, according to Oliur Rahman, a police officer at the scene.

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