Eleven days after a cruise ship capsized on China’s Yangtze River, killing at least 434 people, the country is still grappling with angry relatives and outraged citizens. Today, officials announced that a 60-member team is being formed to investigate the accident, which has left many questions unanswered.
Focus has turned to commemorating the victims, many of them elderly parents and grandparents, and compensating families. Mourners have been praying and burning incense and paper money along the Yangtze for the past week and a half—in Chinese funeral tradition, the first seven days is the most important period for honoring the deceased.
Rescuers have been working to recover bodies carefully from the ship, which was turned upright and lifted from the water last Friday, in hopes of returning them in a respectful state to their relatives. Perhaps in hopes of alleviating anger, Chinese state media have released photos of those efforts inside the ship.