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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Typhoon Kills Eight, Displaces Nearly 18,000 In Philippines

By Girlie Linao, dpa MANILA — Typhoon Kalmaegi killed eight people and displaced nearly 18,000 people as it battered the northern Philippines on the weekend, the national disaster relief agency said Monday. More than a dozen ferry trips and nearly 50 domestic flights were cancelled as the storm hit Sunday, cutting off electricity in eight […]

September 15, 2014

Bangladesh Ferry Carrying Hundreds Sinks

Gajaria (Bangladesh) (AFP) – A heavily-laden ferry capsized and sank in central Bangladesh on Thursday after being caught in a storm, leaving at least 12 people dead and hundreds more missing, police and officials said. Survivors of what is the latest in a string of ferry disasters to blight Bangladesh said the vessel began to […]

May 15, 2014

Death Toll In South Korea Ferry Disaster Crosses 120

Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) – The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers sped up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. Better weather and calm seas spurred their efforts but underwater visibility was […]

April 22, 2014

South Korea Seeks Arrest Warrant For Ferry Captain

By Dirk Godder, McClatchy Tribune News Service SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean state prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for captain Lee Jun Seok as investigators look into the actions of the crew of the ferry that capsized and sank off the country’s southwest. The 69-year-old Lee is accused of breaches of the seaman’s […]

April 18, 2014

Death Toll In South Korean Ferry Accident Rises To 25

SEOUL, South Korea — Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead in the sinking of a South Korean ferry, authorities said Friday. The coast guard said another 271 people were still missing, the Yonhap News Agency reported. “It seems like bodies have begun to spill out of the sunken ship due to current shifts,” Yonhap quoted […]

April 18, 2014

Criticism Mounts In South Korean Ferry Disaster; Death Toll Rises To 14

By Dirk Godder SEOUL, South Korea — Survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry lashed out Thursday at what they called inadequate safety procedures they say likely cost dozens, if not hundreds, of lives. The accusations — including reports that the captain was among the first to leave the ship and that passengers had been […]

April 17, 2014

Ferry Runs Aground Off South Korea Coast With 477 Aboard

SEOUL, South Korea — Dozens of ships and aircraft were involved in rescue efforts for 477 people aboard a ferry that ran aground and was sinking off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, reports said. Yonhap news agency said one person had died. It cited Coast Guard officials saying the passengers were being taken off […]

April 16, 2014