Indonesian passenger boat carrying 240 catches fire; 14 dead



A passenger boat carrying 240 folks caught hearth Monday off southern Indonesia, killing 14, rescue officers stated.


The KM Express Cantika 77 was headed to Kalabahi from Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province when it caught hearth. It was carrying 230 passengers and 10 crew members, officers stated.


The reason for the fireplace was being investigated.


Rescuers from the Kupang (*14*) and Rescue Agency and close by vessels recovered 226 survivors, the National (*14*) and Rescue Agency stated in a press release. It stated 14 folks have been confirmed dead.


Ferry and boat tragedies are widespread in Indonesia, an archipelago of greater than 17,000 islands, the place ferries are sometimes used for transport and security is lax.


In 2018, an overcrowded ferry with about 200 folks on board sank in a deep volcanic crater lake in North Sumatra province, killing 167 folks.


In one of many nation’s worst recorded disasters, an overcrowded passenger ship sank in February 1999 with 332 folks aboard. There have been solely 20 survivors.


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