West Bengal Ferry Sinking

Rescuers were battling to find survivors on Saturday after an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank in a river in eastern India, leaving at least 16 people dead and 70 others missing, police said.

Indian coastguard and navy personnel were diving into the cold waters to search for victims of the ferry accident, which took place as the overcrowded vessel faced strong waves on Saturday morning, police said.

At least 50 Muslim pilgrims drowned when an overcrowded ferry sank in eastern India, officials said on Monday, adding that more bodies may have been washed away or still be in the vessel.

The boat capsized on Saturday in a fast-flowing river in the state of West Bengal, 120km south of Kolkata.

"We have found 30 bodies during the day, taking the total dead to 50," state minister Kanti Ganguly told AFP. "We fear other bodies are under the boat.