DHAKA, Bangladesh – Rescuers on Monday recovered 17 more bodies from a boat that capsized while carrying about 100 Hindu pilgrims in northern Bangladesh, raising the confirmed death toll to 41, police and news reports said.
Prothom Alo, the largest Bengali-language newspaper, reported that dozens of people were missing in Sunday’s accident.
The boat capsized while returning from a Hindu temple on the Karatoa River in Panchagarh district in northern Bangladesh, local police chief SM Sirajul Huda said. On Sunday, 24 bodies were found.
Huda said many people were able to swim ashore.
About 8 percent of the more than 160 million people in Muslim-majority Bangladesh are Hindus.