With only 18 rescued, more than 400 are still missing

SHANGHAI: A cruise ship carrying 458 people, mostly elderly Chinese Tourists, sank in the Yangtze River on Monday (1 June) night during a storm.

Out of the 458 people on the ship, only 18 has been rescued, possibly marking one of China’s worst disasters in recent years.

The ship, named the Eastern Star, sank in less than two minutes, too quickly for the crew to issue any mayday distress signal.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese President ordered that no efforts be spared in rescue work. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has been seen at the disaster site, meeting rescue workers.

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The cause of the sinking is still unclear. The captain and chief engineers are both being questioned by authorities.

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There are harrowing photos online of relatives and families desperate for detailed news of their loved ones.

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Featured image via Voice of America
With reference from AsiaOne, The Guardian