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Families grow restless amid rapidly rising ferry death toll

Updated: 2014-04-22 15:59:13 (KST)
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We are now well into the seventh day of search and rescue efforts for the victims of those aboard the sunken Sewol-ho ferry.
The death toll now stands at 108, but no news of survivors.
Let's go live to our Hwang Sung-hee standing by at Paengmok-hang Harbor, just 20 kilometers away from the site.
Sung-hee, how is the situation down there?

Dozens of bodies were retrieved today and as the official death toll is now over one-hundred, the atmosphere here has become even grimmer.
It seems the family members of the missing who have been camping out here at Paengmok-hang harbor are losing their last strands of hope.
I've seen police bring back a man who seemed ready to jump into the water himself, and some have lashed out at the Coast Guard authorities questioning the productiveness of the rescue operations.
Others have grown restless, many just sitting outside and staring into the space with blank faces.
Because of the rapidly rising death toll, a temporary funeral parlor will be set up here at Paengmok-hang harbor.
Officials and representatives of the parents of the Danwon High School students, along with the maritimes minister held a closed-door meeting on the funeral process for the dead about an hour ago.
The weather here is very sunny and more divers are reportedly taking part in today's search operations to take advantage of the neap tide that has started.
This was Hwang Sung-hee, reporting live from Paengmok-hang Harbor.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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