- Associated Press - Monday, April 30, 2012

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A packed ferry boat capsized in heavy winds and rain in remote northeastern India late Monday, leaving at least 35 people dead and 75 others feared missing, police said.

Assam state police Chief J.N. Choudhury said the boat was carrying about 200 passengers, but details were sketchy because bad weather and the remoteness of the area hampered communication.

The police chief said the accident occurred on the Brahmaputra River near Fakiragram in west Dhubri district. The area is about 215 miles west of the state capital, Gauhati.

Strong winds and rain likely caused the accident, Chief Choudhury said. Police and paramilitary soldiers have been sent to help with rescue efforts.

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