17 Arakanese women died in boat capsize

Kyauk-pru-600-x-400( Kyaukpru, 30 Dec 2013)   Seventeen women died after an overloaded engine-boat had capsized in Kyauk Pru township of Arakan State in western Burma. The incident took place in a creek of Sin Book village on the evening of 28 December, said the police and relatives.

A village track official, who was present on the spot told Narinjara that the boat was carrying around 50 villagers, which suddenly got turned down when it prepared to disembark in village harbor of Kyunt Gyi under Sin Book village tract.

“The creek is very narrow and the sailor tried to turn the boat on way to Kyunt Gyi village, when the boat suddenly got turned down,” the village track official added.

The incident took place when the boat was returning from Min Rat creek after collecting the fire woods. Around 50 villagers went to the creek looking for fire woods used in the monk novitiate festival.

Among the 17 women victims, 13 hailed from Kyunt Gyi Lu Chay Taungyi village, three from Tharawdaw  and one from Thady Daing. The ages of victims fall between 12 to 60.

The officials from Madae police station confirmed the incident but declined to tell more. The  local sources informed that  16 bodies were buried in the village graveyard, where as one body was brought to Kyauk Pru for burial.