Victims of the ferry that capsized in the Chindwin River and volunteers who helped to retrieve the bodies have been provided with cash by KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation-BFM.
Two soldiers and four firemen were given Ks1.5 million each, while forty victims who survived the accident were given Ks500,000 each by the foundation yesterday.
The foundation also arranged to provide K500,000 each to the families of the 75 victims who died in the disaster.
Members of the foundation presented a total of Ks71 million to Sagaing Region Government yesterday to deliver the cash to the victims. A university student who was found alive five days after the accident will also be given cash assistance of K1.5 million by BFM. The families of a doctor of the Ministry of Health who was confirmed dead and a nurse who is still missing will each receive Ks500,000.
“This is the second assistance by BFM to the victims of the ferry accident — the initial aid of Ks30 million and 300 articles of warm clothes were given to the victims on 17 October,” said a member of the foundation. A total of 68 passengers, including 14 men and 54 women, were confirmed dead as of 1 pm yesterday, according to authorities. One-hundred and fifty-nine passengers survived the accident, and 80 people are still missing. The ferry was said to be carrying about 300 passengers when it capsized, according to survivors. According to a preliminary enquiry, the Aung Soe Moe Kyaw-2 ferry left Homalin at 10.30 am on 14 October and landed in Phaungpyin, Mawlike, Kalewa and Minkin before it capsized near Kanni after apparently hitting a rock on its way to Monywa. Crew members had reportedly been warned about its overloading, according to survivor.
Thura Lwin (Eco)