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Live updates from Jindo gymnasium

Updated: 2014-04-22 17:26:45 (KST)
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There is no news of any more survivors, but the families of the scores missing continue to wait clinging on to that last bit of hope camping out in an auditorium in Jindo.

It must be an unbearable wait.
We have a correspondent there at Jindo Indoor Auditorium - our Hwang Ji-hye joins us live.
Ji-hye, how are the families doing?

It's been now an agonizing week of waiting for the people here, and the atmosphere here is extremely heavy and depressing as you would imagine.
Some of the families here are collapsing, while many others are barely eating and sleeping.
Some are so ill they've been put on medication.
I had a chance to talk with one of the emergency personnel here at the Jindo gymansium, who described the state of those who are here.


"After several days, the families are exhuasted both physically and mentally. We also feel very bad and sorry for them, so we're trying our best to give at least a little comfort to them."

I can't even begin to imagine what they must be going through.. but, Ji-hye from what I can see from here - behind you - it looks like the number of people there have decreased significantly.

You're right. There are fewer and fewer relatives of the victims here at this gymnasium now.
When bodies are identified, they leave to attend to their loved ones.
Representatives of the families are now in discussions on how to proceed with funerals.
The families still here are clinging on to the hope of finding more survivors as the weather conditions improve today.
There are notes at the entrance of the gymnasium, and one of them reads. "come back soon daughter so we can have dinner together."
It's truly a heartbreaking scene.
Yesterday, the representative of the families told the others that he had 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.
This has been Hwang Ji-hye reporting live from the Jindo auditorium.


Reporter : emilyfwang@arirang.co.kr

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