About 50 dead as Myanmar ferry sinks in bad weather




 
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March 14th, 2015  
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Topic: About 50 dead as Myanmar ferry sinks in bad weather


By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - About 50 people were believed to have drowned off Myanmar when a ferry sank in bad weather, government officials said on Saturday, though residents said they believed more people on the overcrowded vessel had died. The boat had 209 people on board when it ran into high seas late on Friday on a voyage from the coastal town of Taunggok to Sittwe, capital of the west coast state of Rakhine, officials said. Rescue workers are looking for them," Pyay Nyein, a senior official from the Inland Water Transport Department, told Reuters. Residents in Taunggok, from where the boat embarked, said they believed the toll was higher as the ferry, which they identified as the government-owned Aung Tagun-3, would have been crowded with many unregistered passengers.




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