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Indonesia : at least 23 dead in l'fire'a boat

A fire broke out on a boat in Indonesia Sunday, 1 January, killing at least 23 dead and 17 missing, has announced an indonesian official. The boat, which had just left the coast near Jakarta, was carrying some 200 people to the island of Tidung, tourist destination, 50 km from the capital, when a fire erupted onboard, said the spokesman of the national agency for disasters, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, without specifying the cause of the loss.

“194 people have been recovered. The manifest of the boat said that there were about 100 people on board, but clearly it is false, then we are pursuing the research “, said the spokesperson for theAgence France-Presse.

Indonesia, a country with more than 17,000 islands, is very dependent on maritime transport, and accidents are frequent due to the lack of compliance with safety standards. In November, at least 54 people were killed when a speedboat overloaded, carrying 98 passengers, most of them indonesian migrant workers and three crew members, had sunk after hitting a reef. He had moved from Malaysia to the indonesian island of Batam.

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