YANGON Oct 17 A ferry sank in a river in
northwestern Myanmar, killing at least 14 people with scores
missing, a rescue official said on Monday.
About 150 people had been rescued from the Chindwin river in
the Sagaing region after the ferry capsized on Saturday, said Sa
Willy Frank, head of the regional relief department.
"We've just found the exact location of the sunken boat and
now we're trying to salvage it using heavy-duty cranes," Sa
Willy Frank told Reuters.
"A total of 14 bodies have been found and 85 are still
Kyaw Htay Lwin, a lawmaker in the Sagaing regional
parliament, said the number of missing could be higher.
"I heard from witnesses that the boat was packed with at
least 300 passengers, despite its official capacity of around
120," he said.
The ferry was travelling from Homalin to Monywa when it sank
at about 5 a.m. on Saturday close to Kani, about 85 miles (137
km) northwest of Myanmar's former royal capital, Mandalay.
Marine accidents are common in Myanmar, where many people
rely on crowded boats that are often in a state of disrepair for
Sixty-four people drowned off the western state of Rakhine
when an overloaded ferry sank in bad weather in March 2015.
(Editing by Simon Lewis and Nick Macfie)