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Death toll of ships collision rises to 37: HK Chief Executive

English.news.cn   2012-10-02 16:45:51            

Photo taken on Oct. 2, 2012 shows the entrance to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unite in a hospital in Hong Kong, south China. The death toll of collision between two passenger boats on Monday evening off Lamma island, southwest of Hong Kong island, rose to 37 as of 4:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung told reporters. (Xinhua/He Jingjia) 

HONG KONG, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of the collision between two passenger boats on Monday evening off the Lamma Island, southwest of the Hong Kong Island, rose to 37 as of 4:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung told reporters.

Speaking at a press conference following an inter-departmental meeting, Leung said that 29 people were proved dead at the scene and eight died in hospital. A total of 101 people were sent to five different hospitals, with four remaining in serious or critical condition.

A territory-wide condolence will be held on Oct. 4 when Leung and top officials of the local government will stand in a three-minute silent tribute at the Government Headquarters at noon.

Regional flags at government buildings will be at half-mast for three days starting Thursday, during which consolatory areas will be set up in all 18 districts of Hong Kong for members of the general public to grieve over the dead.

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Editor: Chen Zhi
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