Friday, October 9, 2015   

Death toll in Korea ferry disaster over 100
(04-22 10:49)

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 Tuesday, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel.
Improved weather conditions and calm seas spurred their efforts, but underwater visibility was still very poor, requiring divers to grope their way blindly though the corridors and cabins of the ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday.
Nearly one week into the rescue and recovery effort of one of South Korea's worst peacetime disasters, close to 200 of the 476 people who were aboard the 6,825-tonne Sewol -- most of them schoolchildren -- are still unaccounted for.
The official toll provided by the coastguard Tuesday morning stood at 104, with 198 still missing.
The distraught victims' families gathered in the morning at the harbour of Jindo island -- not far from the disaster site -- awaiting the increasingly frequent arrival of boats bearing the most recently recovered bodies.
In the initial days after the Sewol went down, the relatives' anger was focused on the pace of the rescue effort.
With all hope of finding any survivors essentially extinguished, this has turned to growing impatience with the effort to locate and retrieve the bodies of those trapped. --AFP   
Other World breaking news:
France completes second Syria bombing run (1 hr 6 mins ago)
Jewish suspect held for stabbing and four Arabs (1 hr 8 mins ago)
Eritrean asylum-seekers leave for Sweden (1 hr 11 mins ago)
Tunisian democracy flagbearers win Nobel Peace Prize (1 hr 16 mins ago)
Singapore to track down 678 patients after hospital hepatitis scare (2 hrs 40 mins ago)
Blaze at overcrowded Philippine jail kills nine (10-09 13:55)
Australia Muslim leader tells jihadists to get out (10-09 13:51)
UN official rejects ‘Christians only,’ refugee idea (10-09 13:36)
Intel info reveals Chile dictator Pinochet ordered hit on diplomat in US (10-09 13:31)
Australian media baron Murdoch repents ‘outrageous’ Obama blackness comment (10-09 13:26)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.