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19 die in Myanmar ferry sinking

world Updated: Oct 08, 2010 11:58 IST

Authorities are still searching for three people missing after an overloaded ferry carrying schoolchildren to a football game capsized in Myanmar's Ayeyarwaddy Delta two days ago, killing 19 people, state media reported on Friday. In the first official mention of Wednesday's sinking, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that 79 passengers were on the boat, which went down near Labutta township's Hsalu village, 105 miles (168 kilometers) southwest of Yangon.

The report said that 57 people were rescued, and of the 19 bodies found, 15 were schoolchildren, two were teachers and two were villagers. Rescuers were still searching for two more schoolchildren and an adult villager.

People living in Myanmar's vast delta region often travel and transport goods by boat because of the low cost and the inaccessibility of many areas by road.