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Death toll rises to 59 in Myanmar's ferry capsizal

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-03-17 10:43

YANGON-- Death toll of Friday night's double-decker ferry capsizal off Myanmar's western Rakhine State has risen to 59, officials said on Tuesday.

In the capsizal of the passenger vessel Aung Da Gon-3, 169 people were rescued.

The vessel with about 225 passengers on board heading towards Sittway from Kyaukphyu capsized between Kyaukphyu and Myebon townships as the wave struck the vessel causing a break in the hull amid bad weather condition.

Search operation has continued for the missing.

The government-owned Aung Da Gon-3 ferry runs between Sittway and Taunggup.

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