Death toll rises after ship capsizing in China

Death toll rises after ship capsizing in China

Death toll rises after ship capsizing in China

Written by Tharushan Fernando

07 Jun, 2015 | 6:11 pm

More than 430 victims have been confirmed after the Yangtze River capsizing in China

Hu Kaihong, the Vice Director-General of the Press Bureau of the State Council Information Office, the Associated Press news agency stated that the toll from last Monday’s overturning of the Eastern Star cruise ship rose to 431 dead with 11 people still missing.

Authorities claim that overturning of the cruise ship late Monday was due to a freak storm with tornado-like winds, but also have placed the surviving captain and his first engineer in police custody.

Chinese rescue workers have taken part in a mourning ceremony for the victims.

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