14 dead and 140 missing after overcrowded Myanmar ferry capsizes

Search-and-rescue operation is being carried out in the river. Photo: Myo Win Tun (Monywa)
Search-and-rescue operation is being carried out in the river. Photo: Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

A ferry boat carrying as many as 300 people on the Chindwin River capsized, killing at least 14 people.
About 160 people aboard the Aung Soe Moe Kyaw ferry boat were rescued Saturday, with many more unaccounted for. Teachers, students and civil service workers were also on board when the accident happened,
The crowded passenger ferry capsized in the Chindwin River in Kanni, Sagaing Region, after hitting a rock on the way from the town of Homalin to the city of Monywa in the Sagaing region of central Myanmar.
The ferry was reportedly carrying about 300 passengers, and so far 155 survivors have been pulled from the river after the ferry capsized. Four were confirmed dead, according to local authorities.
The private ferry left from Homelin to Monywa, Sagaing Region. Search-and-rescue operation is still being carried out in the river.
Local philanthropic organizations are also participating in the search-and-rescue operations being closely supervised by the Sagaing Region Government.
The ferry was over loaded when the accident happened.
Some bodies were pulled from the river yesterday, according to a local reporter.
U San Min Aye, local fire services chief, said, “The search is continuing. So far, we can’t confirm the exact number of passengers on board. According to the passengers who have been rescued alive, the boat picked up additional passengers and goods on the way. From what they say, we fear the number of missing may be high.”—GNLM

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