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Death toll from Chinese capsized ship climbs to 431 on Sunday


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 431 deaths have been confirmed as of 11 a.m. Sunday from a Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River. Xinhua reported that only 14 people have been found alive so far, while another 11 people remain missing, according to the rescue headquarters in Jianli, central China's Hubei Province.

On Saturday press reports indicated that the rescue had been complicated by heavy winds and rain, as well as strong currents that have pushed the capsized, shallow-draft vessel nearly three kilometers downstream from the accident site. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had been reportedly coordinating recovery efforts at the disaster site.

On Friday, the operator of the Eastern Star ship reportedly made a formal apology to all the victims on board the capsized vessel and paid condolence to their families. "I am deeply saddened by a tragedy of such a scale," Jiang Zhao, general manager and legal representative of Chongqing Dongfang Shipping Company that owns the Eastern Star, told an evening press conference in Jianli County of Hubei Province.

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