One year ago, a wicked snow storm with cold and ice kept millions of Chinese from reaching home for the start of theLunar New Year. This was considered an “unlucky” omen that could potentially marr the entire year. Now Vietnam is experiecing grief instead of joy after a ferry accident claimed several lives at the start of the new Year….
“It’s a tragedy for the province,” said Phan Lam Phuong, the governor of Quang Binh. “It should have been time to celebrate the Lunar New Year.”
He said the provincial government has decided to cancel a Lunar New Year fireworks show.
A small ferry overloaded with passengers sank in central Vietnam on Sunday, killing at least 40 people including seven girls and 27 women.
The 40 bodies, including those of three pregnant women, were recovered from the Gianh river in Quang Binh province, about 315 miles south of Hanoi, provincial police chief Phan Thanh Ha said.
Rescuers were still searching for two others missing, he said. Thirty-six passengers were rescued.
Ha said they initially though another four people were missing, but that turned out not be the case.
“This is one of the worst ferry accidents in Vietnam,” Ha said.
An initial investigation showed the boat was overloaded with nearly 80 people, even though it was designed to carry 12, he said.