Search still on for survivors; 25 dead in Myanmar ferry accident

Rescue efforts are under way in north-western Myanmar Monday after a weekend ferry accident that claimed at least 25 lives, according to officials.

Sa Willy Frient, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement for Sagaing region told dpa that 65 passengers are still missing and 154 had been saved. 

The boat, carrying more than 250 civil servants, students and teachers from the local university, capsized on the Chindwin River in Sagaing region on Saturday morning.

According to witnesses speaking to local newspapers, the ferry was heavily overloaded. The catastrophe occurred one day before Myanmar celebrated its Festival of Lights, an event for which families gather together. 

Ferries are a popular means of transport in Myanmar. In November 2015, another ferry accident on the Chindwin River left 10 people dead.

Last update: Mon, 17/10/2016 - 14:23

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