Three die after boat capsizes in N. Philippines

14:06, August 05, 2010      

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Three passengers perished after a ship capsized late Wednesday afternoon in Northern Phililippines due to heavy rains and strong wind, the Philippines' National Disaster Coordinating Council said on Thursday.

MB Arson was carrying 60 passengers and was cruising on one of the islands of Laguna de Bay when it was caught in heavy rains. Of the 60 passengers, 57 were rescued while the rest died, OCD Administrator Benito Ramos said.

"The passengers attended a festivity in Talim Islands and were on their way home when the (disaster) struck," Ramos said.

He however downplayed the possibility that the heavy rain was caused by the tropical storm "Domeng" which entered Philippine territory on Tuesday, noting that "Domeng" is far from Cagayan- Isabela or where the tragedy happened.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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