China ship tragedy: Toll escalates to 431  

Beijing, June 7 (IANS) A total of 431 people have been confirmed dead after rescuers lifted a Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze river on June 1, authorities said on Sunday.

According to rescue officials, only 14 people have been rescued so far, while 11 others remain missing, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 2,200-tonne Eastern Star was carrying more than 450 people on an 11-day trip along China’s longest river when it capsized due to a tornado near Jianli on Monday (June 1).

A mourning ceremony was held on Sunday.

Ship horns wailed in grief as hundreds of people stood at the accident site and mourned during a three-minute silent tribute to the victims, the seventh day after the tragedy.

According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after one’s death is an occasion for the deceased’s relatives to mourn the passing of their loved one.

The 76.5-metre vessel had been in service for nearly 20 years and can carry up to 534 people.

It went through an annual maintenance in 2014, and was qualified to cruise until April 25, 2016.

 

 

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