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Search for survivors goes on after Philippine typhoon

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Search for survivors goes on after Philippine typhoon


There were almost 750 people on board a passenger ferry when it capsized off the Philippines during Typhoon Fengshen. Only a handful are known to have made it to shore. Others, if alive, are feared trapped in the hull. It’s hoped some survivors got to the liferafts.

The ship set sail on Saturday, despite the typhoon warnings, but its engine broke down and it was at the mercy of the heavy seas. Two days on, the wait for the relatives at the ferry company headquarters is agonising.

Company officials have tried to take heart from glimmers of good news. “According to the coast guard there have been sightings of survivors on Crista de Gallo island,” said one employee. “A coast guard vessel is on its way there to pick them up.”

On land, at least 155 people are known to have died when strong winds and heavy rain triggered landslides and submerged entire communities under two metres of water. There are also fears for hundreds of fishermen who were at sea when the typhoon struck.

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