A double-deck ferry sank on the Meghna river after a colliding with a cargo boat early morning on Tuesday. The ferry had 200 people on board atleast 32 people died and more than 100 still missing while 35 survivors were found.
"Divers have recovered 32 dead bodies from the sunken vessel including five women and two children," local deputy police chief Tariqul Islam said, adding the death toll was likely to rise.
"One diver pulled [out] the dead body of a woman cradling her dead daughter to her chest."
Families and relatives of the victims gathered near the scene of the accident to look for their love ones.
"The death toll is likely to rise as more bodies are feared trapped inside," Khan said. "We will get a better picture of the casualties once the ferry is pulled out of the water."
One rescued passenger, named as Dulal, told local media that eight of his relatives including a brother-in-law and his brother-in-law's wife were missing.
He said most people were asleep when the accident took place.
The MV Shariatpur-1 was travelling to the capital, Dhaka, from neighbouring Shariatpur district to the south-west. The accident site is in Munshiganj district, about 20 miles south of Dhaka.
The exact number of people on any ferry is often uncertain as passenger lists are not maintained properly and many buy their tickets when on board.