JAKARTA, June 19 (JDN.id) – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Tuesday said at least 18 survivors and one body were found by rescuers from the ferry sinking accident at Indonesia’s Toba Lake, North Sumatra, while the number of missing people was upgraded based on public reports.
Uncertain number of total passengers makes the authorities cannot confirm how many people precisely were onboard when the ferry Sinar Bangung sank on Monday afternoon.
By 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, there are 94 reportedly missing.
“No passenger manifest available makes there is no valid data on the exact number of them,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said through his Twitter account.
He said the search and rescue operation faces bad weather, but continue to find those victims.
18 orang selamat, 1 orang tewas dan 94 orang hilang dari tenggelamnya KM Sinar Bangun di perairan Danau Toba hingga 19/6/2018, 15.30 WIB. Tidak adanya manifes penumpang kapal menyebabkan data jumlah penumpang valid belum dapat ditentukan. Evakuasi terkendala cuaca. pic.twitter.com/vOAdGyah5O
— Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN) June 19, 2018
The passenger ferry sank near Parapat waters when it was on its way from Simanindo port in Samosir regency to Tigaras Paparat in Simalungun regency around 5.30 p.m. on Monday.