GUWAHATI: Around 105 people were confirmed dead and almost as many were missing after a river ferry with 350 people aboard broke apart in a storm and sank in northeast India on Monday, police said.
"Rescue workers along with villagers have recovered about 105 bodies from the shores of the river," P.C. Haloi, police chief of Dhubri district, from where the ferry set out, said .
"The fate of around 100 others is not known," Haloi said.
Some 150 people were either rescued or swam to safety after the double-decker ferry, whose passengers included women and children, sank in the fast-flowing Brahmaputra river in Assam state, police said.
Rescuers were struggling to find survivors but their efforts were hampered by high winds, torrential rains and darkness, officials said. (AFP)