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250 dies as Boat in Indonesia sinks

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Jan 11, 2009 in World
At least 250 died as ferry in Indonesia drowns due to bad weather. The boat, according to detailed reports was headed to East Kalimantan.
At least 250 people died as a ferry carrying huge number of people capsized. The event took place at around dawn in Sunday morning, as reports suggest. The reports suggested that the boat was heading towards Samarinda, a place situated in East Kalimantan. Indonesia transport minister added further that the boat sunk due to bad weather. He further stated while talking to local media people that at least 150 people was taken off the boat while capsizing took place. However, the minister was not able to clarify whether the people were dead or alive.
The minister while talking over the telephone with local media, stated that there had been a tropical cyclone that caused tides that rose to the heights of at least five to six metres. He added further that the combination of 250 passengers as well as cargo on board was there on board the boat.
The agencies reported that the boat left Pare-pare, situated on the island of Sulawesi, late on Saturday afternoon. The boat was reportedly heading for Samarinda situated in East Kalimantan. However, as the weather slowly turned into a problematic one the boat got into difficulties and sank at around 4 a.m. in early dawn Sunday.
While asked Mr. Bambang Ervan, the spokesman for the ministry, told that they were checking and affirmed that the people from his department had been on the place for saving the people.
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