DHAKA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The confirmed number of dead in the Bangladesh ferry disaster is climbing steadily as rescuers recover the bodies of more victims far away from the site where the vessel sank four days earlier.
"The death toll of Monday's ferry capsizal has climbed to 33 on Thursday night after more than a dozen bodies were retrieved since morning," said Kaniz Fatema, an assistant superintendent of police in central Bangladesh district Munshiganj.
She said the number of missing persons has increased to 131 as of Thursday night.
The overloaded ferry Pinak-6, with some 250 passengers on board, capsized in Padma, one of the three rivers that form the Ganges Delta, at around 11:15 a.m. local time Monday in high winds and waves amid inclement weather.
Many victims of the accident are believed to be trapped inside the ferry which could not be located despite hectic efforts of four days when the rescuers used both the cutting edge technologies and the tradition methods.