Myanmar ferry accident death toll climbs to 59

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Posted: Mar 16, 2015 11:28 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — State-run media say the death toll in a ferry accident off Myanmar's northwestern coast has increased to 59 as more bodies were recovered.

The Myanma Ahlin newspaper reported Tuesday that rescuers pulled 23 more bodies out from inside the sunken ship, but that the number of survivors increased to 169 from 167.

The crowded government-run double-decker ferry was carrying more than 225 passengers when it left the coastal town of Kyaukphyu but capsized in bad weather and sank near Myebon in Rakhine state Friday night.

Boat accidents due to overcrowding and bad weather are common in Myanmar's river deltas and coastal regions. People rely on boat transport because of the lower cost and the inaccessibility of many areas by road.