Thirty-eight more bodies have been recovered from the sunken ferry as workers continue to raise the boat from the bottom of the Chindwin River, Sagaing Region.
With the use of three 50-tonne cranes and four tugboats, search teams are trying to pull the ferry out of the water, according to Region Hluttaw Representative U Tun Tun Win. “The ferry is being lifted out of the river with cranes, but steel chains were cut off and we haven’t finished retrieving the boat,” said U Tun Tun Win. “Thirty-eight more bodies have been recovered from the boat and we had to bury them immediately”.
Bodies of some victims were also found in other places but it was not clear how many bodies in total were discovered.
Sagaing Region government provided Ks500,000 each to three villages to prepare food for relatives of lost victims, who were gathering information about their beloved ones at the villages.
Many of the victims were school teachers, most of them females, as men in Myanmar rarely chose the low-paid profession. At least 25 were killed when the ferry sank on October 15, with many more still missing.—Myo Win Tun (Monywa)