25 bodies have been recovered from ferryboat capsizes in Chindwin river, Myanmar
Yangon: on Monday, official said, rescuers have recovered 25 bodies from a ferryboat which sunk in the central Myanmar and expected to find out remaining.
Boat sunk in the early Saturday in the Chindwin River which is about 72 kilometres (45 miles) north of the city of Monywa, where at least 154 people sunk and their bodies been rescued.
Rescuer searching the remaining bodies and cleaning river, they trying to pulled out boat with crane, but fear of number who died may rise.
Sa Willy Frient, the director of the local relief and resettlement department who is overseeing the operation said, “We recovered 25 bodies and still trying to pull out boat.”
Formally he told to AFP, when ferryboat sunk it was filled up with “university students and schoolteachers” around 5:00 am on Saturday. Later on he added, “several 70 or 80 university students and about 30 schoolteachers, and also doctors,”.
The boat was carrying more than its limit around 240-250 people which is 100 more than its capacity along with heavy cargo including several motorbikes.Sa Willy Frient said, four boat staff took into custody and they have go though leagal action. Authorities are still in search of one crew member and the ferry’s owner.
Survivor, a 27-year-old schoolteacher, Hnin Lei Yee, was travelling with her family with her husband and one-year-old daughter to celebrate the Buddhist Thadingyut festival with her family. Her daughter killed in the incident and her husband still missing.
She told to AFP. It was too sudden; window was open so I get out from it. “I cannot swim so I had to hold on to a plastic float and finally the rescue boat came to save my life.”
She said, “I came to know in morning about dead child I went to hospital and found she was my own child” Weeping. Boat accidents common in the Myanmar, as people lived along the coastline and flood-prone river systems depend a lot on frequently overfull ferries for transport.
In April 21 people, died with nine children, when boat overturn accidentally on the coast of Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine. In last year, March 33 people died in the west coast when an overloaded ferry sank in rough waters.
On Saturday, Sai Khaing Myo Tun, vice president of Myanmar’s teachers’ federation said, more than 30 school staff were on board the ferry that sunk.