Tragedy as cruise ship overturns on the Volga

110 dead as Russian cruise ship sinks in a storm

There were just 80 survivors from the 188 passengers aboard the cruise boat that overturned on the Volga River in Russia this weekend, according to the latest reports.

The 56-year-old riverboat Bulgaria , shown in a file photo from a report by Lyon-based news channel euronews, set sail on Sunday from Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan area, when it overturned in stormy weather and sank in the 20-metre deep Volga River, two miles from shore.

As many as 60 of the passengers were reportedly children. Locals at the scene were hysterically claiming that almost no children out of the many on board made it out from the wreck.

A 100-strong team of divers was dispatched to recover the bodies of the remaining victims, many of whom were found in the ship’s restaurant.

Tatarstan is in mourning for the victims and is calling for a thorough criminal investigation of the incident. The government is planning a special day of commemoration for Tuesday.

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