At least 15 people drowned after being swept away by a tidal wave during a temple festival in Myanmar, local media reported Sunday. The incident took place on an island in the southeastern part of the country during the annual temple festival, Sputnik news agency reported.
The report says the Mon state temple is built on an island and can be reached on foot via a stone path that is covered with water at high tide, or by boat.
According to news portal Eleven Media, many pilgrims who were crossing the island on foot tried to climb into a nearby boat, causing it to collide with another boat, after which both of them sank and the people were carried away by the tidal wave.
Rescue services rescued a total of eight people. They also removed the bodies of 15 victims from the water. Local media also said several groups of pilgrims who arrived at the temple together reported missing some of their friends.
The news reports that the military, police, fire brigades, Red Cross members and local volunteers are participating in an ongoing rescue operation in Mon state.
(With ANI inputs)