Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French education: Reinventing the idea of school

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

Read more

#TECH 24

Station F: Putting Paris on the global tech map

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the boardroom: French law requires large firms to have 40% women on boards

Read more

FASHION

Men's fashion: Winter 2017/2018 collections shake up gender barriers

Read more

ENCORE!

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

DAVOS 2017: Has the bubble burst?

Read more

Asia-pacific

At least 50 feared dead after ferry collision on Ngawun river

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-17

At least 50 people are believed to have drowned when a ferry carrying 178 people collided with a tugboat on a river in southern Burma (Myanmar).

REUTERS - At least 50 people are believed to have drowned in Myanmar when a wooden ferry packed with 178 people collided with a tugboat on a river in the southern Irrawaddy delta region, officials said on Tuesday.

Thirty-one bodies were found after the single-deck ferry collided with a tugboat pulling a barge late on Sunday in the Ngawun river, and 21 people were missing, officials said.

"There is very little chance of finding those missing alive. Most of them are women and children," said an official in Pathein, capital of Irrawaddy, about 120 miles (193 km) west of the main commercial hub of Yangon in the former Burma.

Marine accidents are common in military-ruled Myanmar, whose 48 million people rely heavily on crowded, old boats for water transport. About two dozen pilgrims drowned when their overcrowded motorboat sank in central Myanmar in March 2008.

 

Date created : 2009-11-17

COMMENT(S)