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Live update on families of missing at Jindo auditorium

Updated: 2014-04-22 20:57:03 (KST)
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There is no news of any more survivors, but the families of the scores still missing continue to wait, clinging to that last bit of hope, camping out at an auditorium in Jindo.
Let's turn to our correspondent Hwang Ji-hye who is standing by at the Jindo Indoor Gymnasium.
Ji-hye, how are the families doing?

It's relatively calm but tense, as divers continue to pull out bodies this evening.
And after seven days of waiting, the families here are exhuasted both physically and mentally.
Many went back and forth from the gymnasium to the Paengmok-hang Harbor to see what's going on with their own eyes.
And while the whole country is hopefully waiting for news of survivors, along with the families here, hundreds of volunteer workers came to the Jindo gymnasium to offer a helping hand and to encourage the families desperately waiting for their missing ones, to stay strong.


"I'm also a parent. I don't know how much these supplies can heal the sorrow of the families but since they're sent from across the nation, I'm working day and night to distribute them to the families, hoping they will provide comfort for them, at least a little."


"I came here today to support the families here. And because there were already so many volunteer workers, I feel bad that I can't help them more."

We can see families lying down in the gymnasium, and they look quite uncomfortable but we hear that the government plans to do something about this.

Yes, earlier today, a coast guard told the families at the podium that authorities are planning to partition the gymnasium to protect their privacy.
But some are saying the authorities are acting too late, with fewer and fewer relatives of the victims staying at the gymnasium now as more bodies are being discovered and identified.
The families are leaving to attend to their loved ones.
The coast guard went on to say that the representatives of the families are now in discussions on how to proceed with funerals.
The families that are still here are clinging to the hope that survivors will be found, as weather conditions have improved.
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.
This has been Hwang Ji-hye reporting live from the Jindo Gymnasium.


Reporter : emilyfwang@arirang.co.kr

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fatboyme (USA) 2014-04-23    

Sad news.