The boat, Aung Soe Moe Kyat, was carrying more than 300 people when she was spun by a whirlpool and capsized on Saturday.
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Damage put at $170,000 as fire guts a market seen as strategically vital for trade along the Chindwin river in northern Burma
Burma’s jungles and plains are dotted with historical artefacts the envy of much of the world. But now many of those precious items are ending up overseas, thanks to a thriving black market.
UNESCO has approved three ancient Pyu cities – Hanlin, Beiktano and Sri Kestra – as World Heritage Sites, the first time any historical monument in Burma has been recognised by the prestigious UN award.
Archaeologists are planning to excavate ancient ruins in Irrawaddy Division that could be as much as 2,000 years old and date back to the Pyu era.