Myanmar ferry capsizes, 23 missing - paper

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YANGON, Nov 15 (Reuters) At least 23 people were missing and presumed drowned when a ferry capsized in a river in northwest Myanmar, official newspapers reported today.

Another 147 passengers were rescued on Tuesday night when the vessel sank in the Chindwin River, 1,400 km northwest of Yangon, the former Burma's main city, the Myanma Alin reported.

It was the third major boat accident reported by state media this year in the army-ruled country where sinkings and collisions involving overloaded vessels are common.

At least 10 people died in a boat accident near Yangon in May and 20 passengers were killed in March when their vessel capsized in the Toe River near the former capital.

REUTERS JT ND1028

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