About 27 people have died after an overcrowded ferry Aung Tagun 3 conveying 209 passengers encountered bad weather and was hit by heavy waves on its journey from the coastal town of Taunggok to Sittwe, capital of the western coast state of Rakhine.
The vessel sank late on Friday 13th March after it capsized in northwestern Myanmar.
Rescuers have saved about 167 passengers. At least 47 people, including about 30 women, remain unaccounted for.
A senior official from the Inland Water Transport Department, told Reuters news agency that
Twenty bodies have been found while 27 are still missing. Rescue workers are looking for them. Search and rescue teams aided by Myanmar’s navy are scouring the capsize site for survivors.
Boat accidents are common in the country’s regions due to its bad weather, cyclones and the overcrowding of poorly-maintained vessels.