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.
Other Recent Cruise Ship Sinking
August 4, 2014 - MV Versace Amara, Sinks, MV Versace
August 4, 2014 - MV Pinak, Sinks, Bangladesh Ferry
June 21, 2014 - Britannia, Sinks, White Star Line
May 16, 2014 - M.V. Miraj-4, Sinks, Bangladesh Ferry
April 15, 2014 - Sewol Ferry, Sinks, Chonghaejin Marine
Cruise Ship Accident Reference Books
Survival Was Only The Beginning - A Costa Concordia Story
Abandoned Ship: An intimate account of the Costa Concordia shipwreck
Grounding of U.S. Passenger Vessel Empress of the North
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Sinking of The Titanic and Great Sea Disasters
Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability/>