“We discovered that the contamination of heavy metals such as iron, copper and arsenic has increased in the Chindwin River due to waste disposal from gold mining operations,” said the Ministry of Transport’s Director-General.
The boat, Aung Soe Moe Kyat, was carrying more than 300 people when she was spun by a whirlpool and capsized on Saturday.
For centuries, the Irrawaddy River has served as Burma’s main riverine artery, but what does the future hold for this important waterway?
Relatives of the victims of last Saturday’s ferry accident on the Chindwin River are demanding an investigation into the cause of the incident, as the death count continues to rise.
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.
Families living on a roadside in Sagaing Division’s Kalewa Township after their riverbank houses were condemned say authorities have failed to provide them with alternative housing.