Live updates from Jindo auditoriumUpdated: 2014-04-21 21:01:09 (KST)
The families of the missing are now into their sixth day of waiting for any news of their loved ones who were on board the ill-fated ferry.
They have been camping out in an auditorium near the accident site in Jindo where our Hwang Ji-hye joins us live.
Families here are really losing hope.
Now, earlier I told you that the prime minister held closed-door meetings with representatives of the families to discuss whether to re-float the sunken ship.
While many still believe their missing loved ones are alive, hopes are fading for others, and now they just want to preserve the bodies.
They're afraid that if re-floating the submerged ferry using cranes does not take place soon, they won't even be able to recognize the faces of their sons and daughters.
Experts say bodies trapped inside the sunken ferry could start decomposing as early as after 72 hours.
While cries of grief can be heard here from time to time, rumors are also spreading, among the families, about how rescue operations are going, how the bodies are being handled and more.
It seems like there's no trust on the authorities.
I had a chance to talk with one of the volunteer workers here and he said as much that trust is in short supply.
Jeong Jae-woo came here three days ago to offer a helping hand for families waiting for their missing loved ones here at the Jindo auditorium.
He says distrust is mounting here.
"The government is not giving out exact answers to what the families here have asked for so their anger seems to be running to an extreme. The families don't even trust each other and there was a fight among them."
We hear that a briefing took place there this afternoon about the progress of rescue operations, Ji-hye?
The representative of the families told the others at the podium today that he asked authorities to wrap up search-and-rescue operations by this Thursday.
He said the authorities pledged to do their best to meet the deadline.
As to complaints from the families that the oil spill is damaging bodies, the representative said that using chemical products to stop the oil spill could worsen conditions when it comes to preserving the bodies still trapped in the water.
He went on to say the first priority is still rescue operations.
This has been Hwang Ji-hye reporting live from the Jindo auditorium.
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