Published on : Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Rescuers and searchers have predicted that the river ferry that has capsized in Myanmar on Saturday 15th October, has probably killed almost a hundred tourists and locals. The ferry has sunk on the Chindwin River, almost 45 miles from Monywa with around 240-250 people onboard. The searchers have been able to recover 32 bodies of the passengers, while around 154 have been rescued after the overloaded ferry boat has capsized.
According to the rescuers, the death toll might increase to hundred after they lift the boat from the riverbed.
The director of the local relief and resettlement department, Sa Willy Frient has informed, “So far we have recovered 32 dead bodies. We are trying to raise the boat using a crane after tying it with strong ropes. After we lift it out, the death toll will be higher.”
He has also estimated that the ferry has capsized due to overload. He thinks that the ferry has been carrying heavy cargoes and almost 100 more travellers than its capacity, which has resulted in deaths and devastation.
It has been found that several of the passengers have been travelling to celebrate the Buddhist festival of Thadingyut.
One of the rescued passengers of the ferry has stated that the incident has occurred very fast and only because of an open window, she has managed to escape death.
The ferry has been full with travellers and locals, who have been travelling for the festival of Thadingyut.
The local authorities have managed to arrest four of the crew members of the boat and at present they are searching for the owner and a crew member of the ferry.
According to a local lawmaker Shwin Htay, he has never witnessed any incident before, where this many people have died after a single ferry accident.
The river ferries of the country have managed to make it to news several times in the past because of accidents due to the flood-prone rivers, rough waters and overcrowding.