At least 20 people were killed when a boat carrying scores of wedding guests capsized in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, officials said, with more feared drowned as rescue workers renewed their search in daylight.
“Altogether 16 women and four men were killed in the boat accident,” regional MP Aung Thu Htwe told AFP on Saturday morning.
“They were crossing to the other side of the river after attending a wedding in Pathein. Most of them were relatives from the same village,” said the police officer, who requested anonymity.
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Both boats were unlit when they collided in the middle of the river, he added.
“We will do search and rescue for the whole day,” he told AFP.
Around 60 people died the year before, in March 2015, when their ferry went down in the same treacherous waters off the Rakhine coast.
Source: News agencies