Ngwe Kyal Pwint, a wooden passenger ship, collided with a cargo ship that was loaded with stone, causing the Ngwe Kyal Pwint to sink. This accident occurred in Southwestern Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy region near Pathein Taman Creek. While 40 of the 60 passengers were rescued, another 20 are dead, 3 of which were children. Initial reports claim a lighthouse failure is responsible for the accident, but further investigation is needed.
“As many as 20 bodies were recovered from the waters”
“As many as 20 bodies were recovered from the waters”, says Ayeyawaddy region official, Kyaw Myint. “The authorities at the port are investigating the cause of the accident.”
Parliament member Khin Zaw Lin from the National League for Democracy (NLD) adds, “This is a great tragedy because there are many women and children in the passenger boat.”
Unfortunately, accidents on the water are not new to Myanmar. 73 people died in a ferry accident last October, and 64 died in another accident in March 2015.