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Death toll from sunken Korean ferry continues to rise with no news of survivors
Updated: 2014-04-23 10:50:37 KST

It's been slightly over one week since the Sewol-ho ferry capsized in waters off southwestern Korea.
The death toll from Korea's worst maritime disaster in more than two decades now stands at 1-hundred-50 and the number is rising fast.
So far there has been no news of survivors with more than 150 people still missing.
For the latest we go live to our Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil standing by at Paengmok-hang harbor the nearest port from the accident site.
Sung-hee, fill us in on the latest


Guys we are now into the eighth day of search and rescue operations and not a single survivor has been found since the ferry capsized.
The death toll is rising by the hour.
Most of the bodies found today have not been identified yet but many are suspected to be high school students.
Still, some 150 people remain missing inside the sunken ship and most of them are students from Danwon High School.


Divers are working on the third and fourth floors of the sunken vessel where many passengers are believed to have been at the time of the sinking.
This is where most of the bodies have been found so far.
With the help of five guide ropes divers are going up and down in the dim hope of finding any possible survivors.
Divers only have 20 minutes once they go into the water 5 minutes to go down 10 minutes for search operations and 5 minutes to come back up to the surface.


Underwater drones are helping the search and rescue operations identifying new routes into ferry's body.
More than 200 rescue ships, 34 aircraft, and 550 divers will continue their rescue operations today.


The families of the missing camping out here at the Paengmok-hang harbor are clinging onto their last shred of hope but as time passes the situation becomes grimmer.
Families burst out in tears as they see their loved one's name written on the families missing list crying out in great sorrow and pain.
Many are just sitting by the water with blank faces and one mother was wailing out to the open sea, telling her child to come back.


Family representatives of the missing and five government agencies have agreed to establish temporary mortuaries at this harbor for funeral services.
Funeral services will start running today.
This has been Hwang Sung-hee and Ji Myung-kil reporting from Paengmok-hang harbor.

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