South Korea’s Prime minister resigns over ferry disaster that claimed 300 Lives

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The Prime Minister of South Korea, Chung Hong-won, ohas announced his resignation on Saturday over the government’s poor response to the Ferry disaster that took place on 16th of April. It was earlier announced that all the passengers had been rescued, however, the disaster, in reality has claimed more than 300 lives, most of which include students and teachers who were on a field trip from the Danwon High School, located in the outskirts of Seoul. The Seoul ferry sank on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional holiday island of Jeju.

The children were told to stay in their cabins, where they waited for further orders. The confirmed death toll on Sunday was 187. The Prime minister’s resignation has been approved by the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye.

South Korea’s PM apologised on behalf of the government for the several problems that occurred and the mismanagement in the prevention and handling of the accident .

“There are too many irregularities and malpractices in parts of society that have been with us too long and I hope those are corrected so that accidents like this will not happen again,” said the Prime Minister of South Korea.

PM of South Korea had been booed and someone threw a water bottle at him when he visited grieving parents the day after the disaster. People’s temper has frayed over the slow pace of the recovery and frequent changes in information provided by the government.

The Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education sent text messages to parents that “All Danwon High School students are rescued” in the hours after the disaster, media reported.

Park, who has the most power in government, was also booed by some of the relatives of the missing when she visited a gym where families of the missing were staying.

Source: The Republic News Network

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