Monday, November 16, 2009

40 Dead After Ship Sinks In Pathein

Forty passengers were killed after two ships collided in Pathein Township in Irrawaddy Division at 7 p.m. On Sunday, according to an official from the Inland Water Transport office in Pathein. A private passenger ship, the Nay Myo Tun No.8413, hit an oil tanker and sank in the Nga Wun River, 10.5 km [6.5 miles] from Pathein, the official said, adding that most of the 176 passengers were women and children.Rescue teams were still searching for survivors on Monday afternoon. The official said that the Inland Water Transport office in Pathein is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

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