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Thirty missing after ferry sinks

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (Reuters) -- A ferry carrying about 120 passengers sank in southern Bangladesh on Saturday, leaving at least one person dead and 30 missing, police said.

Many of the passengers were rescued after the ferry went down during a storm on the Tetulia river in the coastal district of Bhola, about 225 km (140 miles) south of the capital Dhaka.

Police said they had recovered one body and were still looking for 30 passengers.

"We are still searching for the missing, but darkness and bad weather are hampering our efforts. We will launch an intensive search in the morning,'' police officer Mohsin Hossain told reporters in Bhola.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, where transport operators and passengers frequently ignore safety regulations.

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