Myanmar Ferry Aung Tagun-3 Sinks Sittwe Bay Bengal – Myanmar Ferry Sinks March 13, 2015 – Myanmar Ferry Aung Tagun-3 Sinks with 400 Passengers Aboard 60 or More Dead. Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine state and sits on the Bay of Bengal, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from the Bangladesh border. This weekend’s weather forecast for the city calls for some clouds giving way to clear skies, with high daytime temperatures expected to be in the 30s Celsius (80s to 90s Fahrenheit).
Last month, at least 68 people died when a packed double-decker ferry sank while on the Padma River north of neighboring Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, officials said. A cargo vessel hit the ferry, causing it to overturn and trapping passengers on its lower deck.
Forty-five people died in an accident on the same river in August.
In May 2013, several boats carrying as many as 150 people were thought to have capsized near Myanmar’s western coast ahead of a storm approaching the area.
Those boats were carrying Rohingya, members of Myanmar’s long-suffering Muslim minority, Thailand-based U.N. official Kirsten Mildren said at the time.