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The Aunglan and Tayet in Central Myanmar are divided by the Ayeyarwaddy River. According to U Ye Htut of Thawdar Lamin Thayet-Aunglan, between 200 and 300 people take the Aungla-Thayet daily course. The Meteorology and Hydrology Department last months reported that the Ayeyarwaddy River had gone 2550 cm beyond the hazard level in Aunglan.
Doksuri, the Ayeyarwaddy, was hit hard by the residual rains and winds from the Laos-storm. None of the stowaways stared at the mighty ripples of the turbid stream and seemed calm - your correspondence even less. We have two kinds of motorboats going back and forth to Aunglan and Thayet.
It can take about 80 people and is a big ship known by the local people as "Line Kaun Gyi". Another, known as Gyar Kaun, has a total of 40. "The Kaun Gyi Line, the bigger of the two, is only permitted to transport 50 people, according to the regulations laid down by the CDC.
"The Gyar Kaun", about half the length of "Line Kaun Gyi", is designed for only 14 persons. At the weekend the Gyar Kaun, a wood vessel with a length of about 20 feet, drove. Shortly after she left the country, a lady who sat at the front of the ship immediately opened her parasol.
Ayeyarwady River ripples, which are actually bigger than the ship, came and splashed the people onboard. Under the regulations of the Supervisory Committee for Private Ships, Aunglan-Thayet vessels must have lifebelts. Security on the ship would not be a luxurious option. This August, a ship overturned and let a lady die.
"A similar incident happened about four years ago," says U Kyaw Thura, a commuteer from the township of Aunglan. Ayeyarwady River between Aunglan and Thayet is very broad and it is a place where the sea is very high. Quick-questioning the people aboard showed that most of them couldn't go swimming.... to be honest, I don't want to go.
Than Swe, who is on his way back to Yangon after purchasing a computer, is a good swimmer. 3. He says if the ship sank, he could live. Since there is no assurance for everyone who climbs on boards, he feared that if something happened, he would be totally destroyed.
Ye U Ye Htut, responsible for Thawtarlamin Thayet-Aunglan Ferry Services, explained that with the expansion of the Yangon road network, the number of travellers has fallen, as has the budgets of the ferries. Unlike the Yangon Water Bus masters, who must have more than 10 years of sailing history, the ship owners here are not pros who have completed years of sailing schooling.
It' easy for the passenger to get the message: Commutate at your own risk.