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Jun 5, 2015

Death toll climbs to 82 as China rights capsized ship

JIANLI, China, June 5 (Reuters) – The death toll from a
Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River has
climbed to 82, state media said on Friday, as authorities
righted the battered vessel and said there was no chance of
finding anyone else alive.

The rescue mission has become an operation to recover
hundreds of bodies from the ship, which was carrying 456 people
when it overturned in a freak tornado on Monday night. Only 14
survivors have been found, including the captain.

Jun 5, 2015

Death toll climbs to 82 as China starts righting capsized ship

JIANLI, China (Reuters) – The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze River has climbed to 82, state media said on Friday, as authorities began righting the vessel and said there was no chance of finding anyone else alive.

The rescue mission has become an operation to recover hundreds of bodies from the ship, which was carrying 456 people when it overturned in a freak tornado on Monday night. Only 14 survivors have been found, including the captain.

Jun 4, 2015

Relatives in China ship disaster say beaten by police

SHANGHAI/JIANLI, China, June 4 (Reuters) – Relatives of
passengers missing in the sinking of a cruise ship on the
Yangtze River have accused Chinese police of beating them when
they sought more information on the disaster.

Uniformed police trailed dozens of relatives who took to
Shanghai’s streets on Wednesday in the hope of petitioning the
city government, later ushering them into a building where they
were prevented from speaking to the media, the family members
said.

Jun 4, 2015

Corrected – Families march to China shipwreck site as survivor hopes fade

JIANLI, China (Reuters) – Dozens of people broke through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news of missing relatives.

Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly, but hopes were fading of finding more survivors from the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history.

Jun 4, 2015

Families march to China shipwreck site as survivor hopes fade

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – Dozens of people broke
through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the
site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news
of missing relatives.

Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of
them elderly, but hopes were fading of finding more survivors
from the worst shipping disaster in modern Chinese history.

Jun 4, 2015

Death toll from capsized China ship rises to 65, families demand answers

JIANLI, China (Reuters) – The death toll from a ship that capsized on China’s Yangtze River has risen to 65, state television reported on Thursday, but more than 370 people were still missing and families broke through a police cordon to march to the site and demand answers.

Another 39 bodies were recovered overnight, CCTV said on its microblog. Only 14 survivors, including the captain, have been found since the ship carrying 456 people capsized in a freak tornado on Monday night, in what could be China’s worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years.

Jun 3, 2015

Divers comb capsized China ship, death toll doubles to 14

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – Scores of divers searched
a capsized ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than
400 missing people, many of them elderly tourists, as the death
toll in what could be China’s worst shipping disaster in almost
70 years doubled to 14.

State television carried pictures of rescuers, some standing
on the upturned hull of the stricken Eastern Star cruise ship,
working through the night. So far their efforts have yielded few
successes, with only 14 people found alive.

Jun 3, 2015

Divers comb capsized China ship, Premier Li orders transparent probe

JIANLI, China, June 3 (Reuters) – More than 200 divers
combed a capsized Chinese ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday
looking for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly
Chinese tourists, as Premier Li Keqiang called for a transparent
investigation.

Only seven bodies have been recovered so far and 14 people
found alive. Among the few rescued was an elderly woman who had
been trapped in an air pocket in the ship, which capsized during
a freak tornado on Monday night.

Jun 2, 2015

Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China’s Yangtze

JIANLI COUNTY, China (Reuters) – Rescuers fought bad weather on Tuesday as they searched for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a cruise boat was buffeted by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River.

The accident on Monday night is likely to end up as China’s worst shipping disaster in almost 70 years.

May 28, 2015

Alibaba’s logistics arm to expand warehouse space

HANGZHOU, China, May 28 (Reuters) – The logistics arm of
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is
lining up a major warehouse expansion to streamline deliveries
across the nation, devoting a large slice of long-term $16
billion investment plans to adding new space.

The business, called Cainiao, will nearly quintuple
warehouse space it owns now to around 5 million square metre (54
million sq ft) next year – easily big enough to hold New York’s
Central Park – President Judy Tong said in an interview on
Thursday.