Death toll of ferry accident in Myanmar rises to 45, 80 still missing

The number of dead after a weekend ferry accident in north-western Myanmar has risen to 45, according to officials on Wednesday. 

Sa Willy Frient, director of the Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry for Sagaing region confirmed to dpa that80 passengers are still missing, while 159 had been saved after the accident on the Chindwin River. 

According to witnesses speaking to local newspapers, the ferrywas carrying more than 250 civil servants, students and teachers from the local university and was heavily overloaded.

Four ferry staff members were arrested by police in the wake of the accident.

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: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 12:55

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