September 22, 2017

6 dead, 6 missing in ferry capsize in Chindwin River near kalewa

Military personnel made rescue efforts at the scene and provided cash assistance to the victims to allow them to proceed to their destinations. Photo: C-in-C Office
Military personnel made rescue efforts at the scene and provided cash assistance to the victims to allow them to proceed to their destinations. Photo: C-in-C Office

SIX people are dead and six were remained missing following the capsizing of a ferry early Sunday morning in the Chindwin River near Kalewa. The ferry had more than 60 people on board, authorities said.
Six bodies have been found from the accident, in which the private ship Yazar Tun capsized near a whirlpool in the river at around 5:30 am en route from Monywa to Homalin, Sagaing Region.
There were 65 passengers on board when the disaster happened, said U Dai Kin Pau, the head of the Kalay District Information and Public Relations Department, said to The Global New Light of Myanmar over the phone.
A total of 53 people have been rescued, he added.
Two passengers were taken to the military hospital in Kalewa. After the disaster, residents of nearby villages came to the scene with 23 boats to help rescue the victims. Rescue efforts are still being carried out by authorities and members of the local battalion to find the missing victims, the information officer said.

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