Monday, 21 April 2014

Akyab, Arakan State, Burma: A fishermen went missing in the Bay of Bengal while four others were rescued after a tornado lashed the coastal areas of Arakan on September 22.

 

 

Five fishermen had gone out to sea to fish in a boat from Aung Gan village in Akyab, the capital of Arakan State. They were caught in a tornado and the boat turned turtle in the Bay, according to a report from local authorities.

 

However, the fishermen excluding one managed to reach the coast of Done Pike village in Rathedaung Township with the damaged boat at about 10: a.m.

 

On September 23, on receiving information at about 10:30 a.m. a section of of Nasaka personnel from camp No.25 of Done Pike in Rathedaung Township went to the spot and rescued four of the five missing fishermen.

 

The rescued fishermen were identified as Kyaw Oo (17), son of U Kyaw kyaw U of Kyauk Siek village of Ponnagyunt Township, Htay Oo (18), son of U Sein Kyaw Aung of Thay Kon village of Sittwe (Akyab), Kyaw Tun Oo (22), son of Hla Sein Tha of Kuauk Sue village of Pauktaw Township, Amaye Chay, son of Thein Tun Aung of Pike Seik village of Kyauk Dan Quarter of Sittwe, according to an official report.

 

But, Sein Maung (28), son of Tun Maung of port village of Pauktaw Township is still missing. He is believed to be dead.

 

Later, the rescued fishermen were sent home.

 

In Rathedaung Township, a village was severely damaged and the foundations of many houses were shaken by strong winds.

 

People from coastal areas said that a few fishing boats are likely to be missing.

 

Bangladesh's coastal area was also hit by a severe storm.

 

In Bangladesh, the storm killed nearly a 100 fishermen, more than 1,000 people are still missing and at least 25 boats, 630 trawlers and a navy ship overturned in the Bay of Bengal on September 21. The authorities have so far recovered 85 bodies of fishermen from the Bay of Bengal, according to local and official sources.

 

As a result of heavy winds and rains, rescue teams were unable to go ahead with their search operations for those missing in the bay.