8 killed as pilgrimage vessel capsizes in Myanmar

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Yangon, July 24 (IANS) Eight people were killed with six others missing as a pilgrimage vessel capsized in Myanmar’s Mandalay region on Wednesday.

The accident took place in the morning. With 25 pilgrims aboard, a vessel overturned in Zeetaw dam while travelling to a monastery near the dam in Nyaung Oak village tract in the township, according to a press release from Myanmar Fire Services Department.

A total of 11 people were rescued and eight bodies were recovered from water in a few hours after the capsize, Xinhua news agency reported.

Search and rescue operations were underway for the missing.

–IANS

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