Location of the latest ferry mishap in Bangladesh
Location of the latest ferry mishap in Bangladesh

Dozens of people are feared to have drowned after a ferry carrying 200 passengers sank after colliding with another ship in the river Meghna in Bangladesh's Munshiganj District.

"We have been able to rescue 35 people from the wreckage and have found 10 more who lost their lives. A search is on for more survivors," said Mohammad Shahabuddin Khan, the police chief from the region. More casualties are feared as many are still stuck in the sunken ship.

A woman was found dead with her dead child cuddled to her chest, reported the Associated Press.

The ferry MV Shariatpur-1 was on its way to the capital city of Dhaka when the mishap took place.

Abdul Gani Akhand, 75, said he was surprised to have been saved, as he was sleeping when misery struck.

Ferry disasters have been frequent in Bangladesh which is crisscrossed by 230 rivers . In November 2009, a ferry with 1,500 passengers on board, there times more than the approved numbers, sank.