Six people including two missing children died after a ferry boat caught on fire at 1:30 pm on Friday (17 March) in Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State.
The deceased adults are Ma Aung May Tin, Ma Aye Than Myint, Ma Khin May Than, Ma Sandar Nway and the two missing children are Maung Phyo Min Paing and Maung Tun Say Kay.
The bodies of the two children were found in the river three hours after the incident took place, Kyaukphyu Township Police confirmed.
The passengers were travelling to a novitiation ceremony of their relative in Ka La Bar Taung Village under U Kinn Village Group in Kyaukphyu Township when the boat’s engine caught on fire on the river near Danyawaddy naval base in Kyaukphyu.
Kyaukphyu Myoma Police Station confirmed that the ferry boat was owned by U San Tun Kyaw from Ka La Bar Taung Village.
Fifteen passengers– seven male and eight female – were onboard and six people have died.