BRASILIA, Aug. 24– At least 19 people have died and dozens
remained missing after a ship carrying about 70 people sank in northern
Brazil, local authorities said Wednesday.
The ship sank overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday on the Xingu river in
northern Para state in the Amazon region, according to the public security
office of the state. The newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo, reported that the
ship left Monday night from Santarem and was heading to Vitoria de Xingu.
An update toll showed that 19 bodies have been recovered by the
authorities, 25 people have arrived at the shore and about 30 people are
still missing, the local public security office said. The cause of the
sinking remains unknown. Accidents are frequent as quite a lot of
precarious boats are overloaded with passengers on rivers in the Amazon
basin, as the most common transportation in the region depends on waterway.
On Aug. 2, a container ship and several rafts collided on the Amazon river,
nine people were listed missing. – XINHUA