Following a recent spate of fatal accidents, government authorities in Arakan State have distributed life jackets to ferry boat operators in the region.
One crew member is missing and presumed dead after a boat carrying aid was sucked into a whirlpool near Minbya.
At least four people have been confirmed dead and up to eight others are missing after a ferry capsized close to a whirlpool on the Chindwin River.
Burmese govt says families of passengers who drowned when the ill-fated ferry sank can only receive a fixed sum covered by the ticket insurance.
An investigation commission formed by the Arakan State government alleges “serious negligence” on the part of the ship’s crew and port authorities.
The Arakan regional parliament has formed a commission to investigate a ferry boat disaster off the coast of Myebon which cost dozens of lives on 13 March.