A Chinese ship carrying 458 people sank on the World’s third longest river, Yangtze River, after getting struck in a cyclone. And many relatives of the people who were aboard the cruise ship gathered at the travel agency in Shanghai that was involved in organizing the trip.
State media report says, an 85-year-old woman was rescued from the Yangtze River. Thirteen of the 458 people onboard the ship have also been rescued and many others may still be alive, according to the Ministry of Transport. Xinhua reported that most of those rescued were wearing life vests, and initial investigation had found out that the ship was not overloaded.
At least five people have been confirmed dead, according to the state broadcaster CCTV. Rescue workers told the broadcaster that they heard survivors in the ship’s hull yelling for help.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the matter, has ordered that no efforts be spared in rescue work and Premier Li Keqiang was heading to the scene of the accident in central Hubei province, Xinhua said.