10 killed as ferry sinks in Myanmar

Source from thepeninsula, 23 March 2012

Yangon: Ten people were killed and six injured after a ferry capsized in Myanmar, state media reported yesterday.

The accident occurred on a ferry running from the port city of Pathein, 130kms (80mi) west of Yangon, to villages along a river in the flood-prone Irrawaddy Delta region, the New Light of Myanmar said.

The vessel capsized as it was trying to dock at a village jetty Tuesday afternoon, killing 10 passengers, it said. Seventy-two passengers and three crew members were rescued. Six passengers were taken to hospital for treatment.

The Irrawaddy Delta was the area that suffered worst when Cyclone Nargis hit southern Myanmar in May 2008. The catastrophic storm killed around 138,000 people and left thousands more homeless.

Most people living in the low-lying region — one of the least developed parts of the impoverished country — rely heavily on poorly maintained river ferries for transportation around its flooded plains. afp

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