Manila (Phillippines), Jun 23: At least 163 people were fear dead in Manila on Sunday, June 22 after their boat capsized and sank in a raging typhoon (Typhoon Fengshen) that devastated part of the Philippines. Rescuers hampered by wind and rains found only a few survivors.
The Red Cross reported that at least 163 people had been killed in the typhoon, not including six confirmed dead from the sinking of the ferry, MV Princess of Stars, which had been carrying more than 702 passengers, 45 of them children and infants, and 121 crew members when it went down on Saturday, June 21. On Sunday, the coast guard said it had reached the spot near the island Sibuyan, where the passenger ferry, the Princess of the Stars, had capsized. The partly submerged hull was visible from shore.
Vice Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo of the coast guard announced that 28 passengers and crew members who had spent nearly a day huddled on a lifeboat were found late Sunday, June 22, raising the total number of survivors to 38.