Rescuers extended their search scope to some 1,300 kilometers along the Yangtze River with hopes to find over 40 people who are still unaccounted for after a Chinese passenger ship capsized on Monday night. [Special coverage]
Ministry of Transport on Saturday required water traffic management authorities, shipping companies, and boats to jointly search for the missing on the Yangtze River waters from Jianli, Hubei Province, where the ship sank, downstream to Wusong estuary in Shanghai.
The death toll from the sinking of the Eastern Star climbed to 396 on Saturday as most of the bodies were retrieved from the ship after it was hoisted out of water on Friday.
Only 14 people survived the accident, and 46 people remain missing. The 2,200-tonne ship was carrying 456 people on an 11-day trip along China's biggest river when it was capsized by a tornado near Jianli on Monday night.
Earlier, rescuers found six bodies after combing some 200 km of waterway downstream.
The ministry said on Saturday 254 additional vessels and more than 2,500 people will join the search work. More than 3,400 soldiers and 1,700 police have taken part in the search and rescue mission since Monday.