China ship capsize: Toll touches 65

Beijing, June 4 (IANS) The toll from a ship that capsized on China’s Yangtze river has risen to 65, authorities said on Thursday.

Over 370 people are still missing and another 39 bodies were recovered overnight, Xinhua news agency reported.

Only 14 survivors, including the captain, have been found since the ship — The Eastern Star — carrying 456 people capsized in a tornado on the night of June 1.

The rescuers cut a 55 cm by 60 cm rectangular hole on the bottom of the upturned ship on Wednesday night to give divers easier access to the hull.

The rescuers will continue to cut through the hull while the divers comb through the ship.

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