Tuesday, 19 June 2018

1 Dead, Dozens Missing In Indonesia after Boat Accident

At least one person was killed and dozens are missing after a boat carrying 80 people capsized on June 18 in Indonesia, an official with the national disaster agency said.

The ship capsized on Lake Toba in the province of North Sumatra, more than 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) northwest of the capital, Jakarta.

"Six passengers were rescued, one died," spokesman of the national disaster agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Authorities have deployed rescue vessels and the search is ongoing, but bad weather is hampering the operation.

The Muslim majority of Indonesia celebrates the Islamic festival of Eid since Friday and millions go on vacation during the festivities, with Lake Toba as a popular tourist destination.

The sinking is the latest in a series of deadly maritime accidents in the vast archipelago of Indonesia, which relies heavily on ships to transport people around its 17,000 islands, but has a poor safety record.

Last week, a traditional wooden boat with about 40 people capsized on the island of Sulawesi, killing more than a dozen people.

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