Death toll rises to 65 in China ship disaster

The number of people confirmed dead in a passenger ship disaster on the Yangtze River in China’s Hubei region has risen to 65, according to state television CCTV.


Over 370 people remain missing. A ship carrying more than 400 people and some 50 crew members capsized and sank on Monday night while on the way from China’s eastern Jiangsu province to the southwestern city of Chongqing.

An additional 39 bodies were recovered overnight. Only 14 survivors have been found so far, including the captain of the boat.

Search efforts continue, as some passengers are believed to be still trapped inside the vessel.

Rescuers are planning to cut a rectangular hole in the ship to gain better access. Meanwhile, family members are becoming more frustrated with authorities, blaming them for not providing enough information about the disaster.